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NOAA CRP RESTORATION PROJECTS
YEAR 2005 - CRP Project #4002 (Gulf of Mexico)

Project #4002
GreenShores Site 2

Pensacola, Florida

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Project name: GreenShores Site 2 (#4002)
Project status: Complete
Grant Administrator: Gulf of Mexico Foundation for NOAA)
Grantee: Florida Department of Environmental Protection
Project location: Pensacola, Escambia County, Florida
Grant period: Jan 1, 2021 to Dec 31, 2020
Grant amount: $54,000
Land Ownership: City of Pensacola property
Lat/Long: Latitude 30.4117 Longitude 87.2017
Types of Habitat: saltmarsh, submerged aquatic vegetation (SAV), oyster reef, tidal streams and upland dune habitat
Project leader: Eric Schneider, Environmental Manager
                         Florida Department of Environmental Protection
                         160 Governmental Center
                         Pensacola, FL 32502
                         (850) 595-8300 x1194 phone
                         (850) 595-8417 fax

Species Benefiting From Restoration:
  • Bluefish (Pomatomus saltarix)
  • Black Drum (Pogonias cromis)
  • Red Drum (Sciaenops ocellatus)
  • Summer Flounder (Paralichthys dentatus)
  • Southern Flounder (Paralichthys lethostigma)
  • Spanish Mackerel (Scomberomorus maculatus)
  • Gray Snapper (Lutjanus griseus)
  • Gag Grouper (Mycteroperca microlepis)
  • Sheepshead (Archosargus probatocephalus)
  • Sand Seatrout (Cyanoscion arenarius)
  • Spotted Seatrout (Cynoscion nebulosus)
  • blue crab (Callinectes sapidus)
  • stone crab (Menippe mercenaria)

Acres of Habitat To be Restored: 30 acres

Objective of Project:
Project GreenShores is a community-based, highly visible saltmarsh, oyster reef, seagrass and upland/dune vegetation restoration project. Site 1, completed in the fall of 2003, provides 15-acres of restored habitat. Using Site 1 as a baseline, the Site 2 design has been expanded to incorporate a more natural sinuous appearance, with intertidal streams and submerged oyster reef berms, adding approximately thirty (30) acres of restored habitat. The area also functions as an outdoor classroom for local schools and universities.

Community Involvement:
A large element of the vegetation installation will be conducted with volunteer support. The opportunity to reach out to civic organizations and public schools has been a fortunate element to the project. Volunteer opportunities are encouraged and open to many organizations and can be coordinated to fit varying schedules. Volunteers will assist with removal of exotic vegetation as well as replanting native upland/dune vegetation, emergent salt marsh and seagrasses. Volunteers will include local civic and scouting organizations, school groups and members of the local Audubon society. On-site educational and monitoring activities will involve community members and local universities. Local businesses have offered to support educational signage installation and to participate in shoreline cleanups and plantings as necessary. Participants in the County Extension Master Naturalist Program will be solicited for monitoring assistance. Since Site 1 has been completed, we have had numerous requests from volunteers to participate in plantings at Site 2 once the opportunity arises.

PROJECT PARTNERS

NOAA Restoration Center

Gulf of Mexico Foundation

Florida Dept of Environmental Protection

Ecosystem Restoration Support Organization Inc. (ERSO)

City of Pensacola

Pensacola Naval Air Station

Escambia County

Gulf Power

University of West Florida

local businesses

citizen volunteers

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