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Coastal Shoreline Restoration

2021 Florida Master Naturalist Coastal Shoreline Restoration Course Graduates

Master Naturalist 20th Year Anniversary

2021 is the Master Naturalist 20th Year Anniversary

The UF/IFAS Extension St. Lucie County congratulates the newest graduates of the Florida Master Naturalist Program in St Lucie County.

On Friday February 5, 2021, nineteen students successfully completed the Florida Master Natural Program (FMNP) Coastal Shoreline Restoration Course and were recognized for their achievements.  Due to COVID-19 precautions, the course was conducted 100% via Zoom with self-directed field trips.  Prior to recognition, each student completed a journal describing three site visits to coastal restoration sites throughout Florida. An example journal created by graduate Dale Johnson is below:

This 24-hr FMNP Coastal Shoreline Restoration Program is designed to provide training in the restoration of living shorelines, oyster reefs, mangroves, and salt marshes, with a focus on ecology, benefits, methods, and monitoring techniques. Students completing this course are better prepared to promote and assist with restoration projects. Coastal Shoreline Restoration includes an introduction to “Living Shorelines” and is divided into three workshops: oyster restoration, mangrove restoration, and salt marsh restoration.

The FMNP Coastal Shoreline Restoration course is one of three 24-hr restoration courses offered by the UF/IFAS.  It is a collaborative effort of the UF/IFAS Extension St. Lucie County and other partner agencies.  In total, students must successfully complete three core courses and four restoration courses to become certified as Advanced Florida Master Naturalists.  Details of future course offerings are online at http://masternaturalist.ifas.ufl.edu

Florida Master Naturalist Program Instructors
Course Lead FMNP Instructor: Ken Gioeli, UF/St Lucie Co Extension Agent
FMNP Associate Instructors:  Dr. Vincent Encomio, UF/Martin & St. Lucie County Extension Agent; Carrie Stevenson, UF/Escambia County Extension Agent

Graduating Class: Nancy Angermaier, Karen Blyler, Yvette Carrasco, Suzanne Derheimer, Susan Foley-Pieri, Helen Fox, Fritz Hanselman, Holly Hanselman, Deana Huminski, Lauren Jennison, Dale Johnson, Diann Johnson, Pamela Jones-Morton,PhD, Margaret Livermore, Taylor Masnjak, T Alexandra Mott, Sasha Shirazi, Jane Smith, William Woodworth

For additional information, please e-mail Ken Gioeli, UF/IFAS St Lucie County Natural Resources Extension Agent, at ktgioeli@ufl.edu.

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