Apalachicola Reserve, Florida

State

Florida

State Partner

Florida Department of Environmental Protection

Acres

234,715

Est. Date

1979

Located in one of the most productive estuarine systems in the northern hemisphere, Florida’s Apalachicola National Estuarine Research Reserve spans three barrier islands and a large part of the Apalachicola River, the bay and its tributaries. The Reserve’s 246,000 acres provide a forage area for migratory birds and support a local fishing industry worth $16 million annually. After the 2012 collapse of a local oyster fishery, the reserve has prioritized oyster restoration and worked extensively with partners to conduct research, training, and educational programs.

Did You Know…

One of six biodiversity hotspots in the country, the Reserve is home to 109 plant and 54 animal species listed as endangered, threatened, or of special concern, including the bald eagle and loggerhead sea turtle.

Latest News from the Apalachicola Reserve

Talk NERRdy to Me: Jeff Dutrow

Talk NERRdy to Me: Jeff Dutrow

This month, NERRA’s correspondent-at-large Nik Charov interviewed Jeff Dutrow, education coordinator at Florida’s Apalachicola Reserve. They spoke of organizing wonders and pedagogues’ blunders, the power of music and questions to transform land and minds, and …

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What did you do last summer?

What did you do last summer?

While summer here at the NERRA “office” was great, we’re more than a little jealous of the Rookery Bay Research Reserve’s education team, who logged a six day road trip to three other Reserves along the Gulf of Mexico.

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Apalachicola Reserve, Florida