The National Fish and Wildlife Foundation (NFWF) and the National Steering Committee of Native Plant Conservation Initiative (NCPI) have awarded a Challenge Grant of $50,600 to Canaveral National Seashore - Restoration 2000. The purpose of the project is to provide protection for the barrier island and the plant and animal life it supports, and enhance the public's enjoyment of the area.
The Grant represents $25,000 in NFWF federal matching funds to be matched by $25,600 in non-federal challenge funds. Funds and donated goods and services for the project will restore native vegetation to the shoreline and the area surrounding the Information Center and Turtle Mound, both located in Volusia County. This project is critical to the scenic beauty of Canaveral National Seashore.
Since the park is a part of the National Park Service, county lines are not barriers for participation. Agencies from Brevard, Volusia, and Orange County have volunteered time to the project. To date Eckard Youth Academy from Christmas, Florida; the Department of Environmental Protection, Wetlands Permitting in Volusia County; Volusia Water Alliance; New Smyrna Beach High School FFA Group and the University of Florida, Brevard County Cooperative Extension Service, Sea Grant Program have made commitments to assist with this project.
The park has developed a landscape plan that includes planting a 25th anniversary tree, restoring native vegetation on the shoreline of Mosquito Lagoon at the New Smyrna Beach Visitor Information Center and transplanting spartina grass to prevent erosion at Turtle Mound. The plan also includes developing a butterfly garden in front of the Information Center, replacing post surrounding the Information Center and planting islands of trees and other native vegetation at Turtle Mound and the Information Center.
We are inviting individuals and groups to volunteer for this very important project. To begin the project Eckard Youth Academy is coming to the park to transplant spartina and mangrove along the shoreline of Turtle Mound and the Visitor Information Center. The youth, their counselors and supervisors will begin work on September 16th, at Turtle Mound in New Smyrna Beach, Florida. The greatest need for the project at this time is for someone to assist the park in planning and developing the butterfly garden.
Canaveral National Seashore-Restoration 2000 will help commemorate the Park's 25th Anniversary on January 3, 2000. A live oak tree will be planted to honor the anniversary. Any individual or group interested in being a partner in the Canaveral National Seashore - Restoration 2000 may contact Sandra Hines at 321-867-4077 or by Email at email@example.com.
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