Living Shorelines & Coastal Friendly Landscaping Workshop, May 15, 2015, Apalachicola Reserve

Topic(s): Climate Change , Floodplain Management , Land Conservation , Living Shorelines , Restoration Science , Science Communication , Stormwater Management , Wetland Protection
Priority Issue(s): Community Resilience , Ecosystem Integration , Habitat Conservation , Nutrient Impacts , Water Quality
Host Partner(s): Apalachicola Reserve
Location:  St George Island Plantation
Date/Time: calendar icon5/15/2015
Price: $0.00
Max Applicants: 40

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The Apalachicola National Estuarine Research Reserve will offer a workshop on Living Shorelines in conjunction with the St. George Island Plantation Homeowners’ Association on May 15, 2015, from 9:30-11:30 am.

Coastal erosion is a natural process–currents, wave action, wind and storms continually alter the shoreline. Seawalls and riprap may seem like a permanent solution, however, they can often increase erosion especially on neighboring properties.  Living shorelines use plants, oyster shells and other materials to protect the shoreline. A living shoreline maintains valuable habitats that stabilize shorelines, filter runoff, protect the surrounding intertidal environment, increase water quality and create habitat for aquatic and terrestrial species.

Zach Schang with the Northwest Florida Aquatic Preserve office in Pensacola will be the speaker.  As the Living Shoreline Project Manager for the Northwest Florida Aquatic Preserve Office, Zach has designed, organized, and managed the installation of small to medium scale shoreline restoration projects throughout Northwest Florida, with an emphasis on using natural living shorelines.  He also coordinates volunteer work events, participates in a variety of educational and outreach activities and collects and interprets data associated with the monitoring of installed restoration projects.  Zach has been involved with over 40 Living Shoreline projects to date.

Erik Lovestrand, UF/IFAS Franklin County Extension Director, will speak about coastal friendly landscaping practices that can save homeowners time, frustration and money.  He will also share information about plants that can survive in a beach environment and help stabilize property.

For more info please contact Anita Grove at 850-670-7708 or or Margo Posten (850) 670-7719 or

WHAT:           Living Shoreline Workshop, plus Coastal Friendly Landscaping Tips

WHEN:          Friday, May 15th, 2015, 9:30-11:30 am

WHERE:        St George Island Plantation Homeowners’ Association Clubhouse

 1712 Magnolia Road, St George Island, FL 32328

Free. Registration is REQUIRED

To register, click “Register Online” at the top right corner of this webpage, or contact Anita Grove at 850-670-7708 or or Margo Posten (850) 670-7719 or

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