|LBC Members Attend Mangrove Management Class
LBC Lemon BayWatch team members Jane Collingwood, Beth McKinley and Janda Hefner were among the many interested citizens who attended the mangrove management training program sponsored by UF/IFAS Sea Grant Charlotte County Extension at the Cedar Point Environmental Center on October 23rd.
Sea Grant agents Armando Ubeda and Ayssa Vinson led the workshop designed to teach the best practices for cleanup and restoration of mangroves following storm damage. Because mangroves play such a crucial role in stabilizing the shoreline and provide important marine habitat; mangroves are strictly regulated by the 1996 Mangrove Preservation Act and these regulations are strictly enforced.The Sea Grant agents demonstrated the proper trimming and maintenance methods that are approved for each species of mangrove, white, black and red, as well as for
Proper management of mangroves is essential to restore and strengthen our shoreline. Knowledge of these practices will help Lemon Bay recover from recent storms and build resilience for the future.
Eyes on Seagrass Appreciation Banquet
In Charlotte County this year, Lemon Bay Conservancy was proud to be among the 102 volunteers who donated 1032 hours to conduct seagrass surveys in partnership with the Eyes on Seagrass program. Nearly 60 attendees at the appreciation banquet enjoyed a night of old Florida fun including Jimmy Buffet music, a delicious meal from Beck’s Truckin’ Good BBQ, individual Team awards and a tropical photo booth. A sincere and heart felt thank you to all that participated in the program and event.