2011/4/14 Category: Zoo News
Brevard Zoo staff and volunteers had a great time on Friday planting Spartina alterniflora, Spartina patens and Sesuvium at Coconut Point Sanctuary with the Florida Department of Environmental Protection's Indian River Lagoon Shoreline Restoration Project. Coconut Point Sanctuary is a Brevard County Environmentally Endangered Lands' (EEL) property in south Melbourne beach, and the grasses planted (Spartina) will help prevent erosion from this dynamic shoreline and promote natural recruitment of mangroves.The Indian River Lagoon Shoreline Restoration Project (IRL SRP) was established in 1995 to address the loss of mangrove fringing habitat along the IRL shoreline while promoting community involvement and public awareness. The project was originally run by the Environmental Learning Center, but the Florida Department of Environmental Protection?s Office of Coastal and Aquatic Managed Areas (FDEP CAMA) Indian River Lagoon Aquatic Preserves field office began managing the IRL SRP in February 2008. Thank you to the staff and volunteer who lent a hand on Friday! We will continue to have events for staff and volunteers to get involved in the Zoo's conservation projects, and hope everyone will get a chance to see our conservation in action!