Sunday, February 18, 2007

Seminar: Managing Mangroves for Shoreline Health

Managing Mangroves for Shoreline Health
Homeowner Seminar
Bayfront Community Center
803 N. Tamiami Tr, Sarasota, FL 34236
Wednesday, 7 March 2007
9:30 AM – 12:00 PM
Pre-registration required as space is limited.

9:30 - 10:00
10:00 – 10:50
The Importance of the Mangrove Habitat John Stevely, UF/IFAS Extension Service – Agent, Sea Grant Marine Program
11:00 - 11:50
Protecting our Community’s Mangrove Resources Matt Osterhoudt, Sarasota County Natural Resources – Manager, Resource Protection
“Managing Mangroves for Shoreline Health”

Send Registration to: UF/IFAS - Sarasota County Extension, Attn.: Robin Welsh
Twin Lakes Park, 6700 Clark Rd., Sarasota, FL 34241
Phone: (941) 861-9900 FAX: (941) 861-9886

Mailing Address: City/State/Zip:

Directions to Bayfront Community Center:
From Interstate 75, take exit 210 ( Fruitville Rd.) and go west to Tamiami Tr. (U.S. 41), turn right. Turn left into 10th St. and left into van Wezel Way. Bayfront Community Center is located behind the Municipal Auditorium.

Speaker Biographies:
Matt Osterhoudt graduated from North Carolina State University in 1997 with a BS in Natural Resources, Marine and Coastal Resource Management. After working with the Sarasota Bay National Estuary Program for two years, he has spent the last eight years with Sarasota County’s Resource Protection program, Natural Resources Department. At the County, he has worked in several different environmental permitting programs, supervised the Water & Navigation Control Authority dredge and fill program, and held the role of Project Scientist managing a variety of environmental projects including the Manatee Protection Plan, Habitat Conservation Plan for the Florida Scrub-jay, and the new partnership with the Florida Department of Environmental Protection to enhance mangrove protection throughout the County. He is currently the Manager of the County’s Resource Protection program. He believes that education is the key to striking a balance between natural resource protection and the needs of our growing community.

John Stevely graduated from Gettysburg College in 1972 with a BS in biology. He subsequently pursued graduate studies at the University of South Florida and received a MS in Marine Science in 1978. He has served as a regional Florida Sea Grant Marine Extension Agent for the past 27 years. During this tenure he has worked on a number of marine resource management issues, including habitat restoration, artificial reefs, waterway management, fisheries management, and trimming mangroves. He has witnessed a number of changes in the mangrove trimming regulations during his career and has worked closely with all facets of the Extension Service, including the Environmental Horticulture Program. Over a decade ago he played a founding role in the Florida Yards and Neighborhoods Program in Sarasota Bay. He strongly believes that the actions we take within our watershed and along our shorelines will affect our fishery resources.

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