Guana Tolomato Matanzas (GTM) Reserve, Florida

State

Florida

State Partner

Florida Department of Environmental Protection

Acres

76,760

Est. Date

1999

The Guana Tolomato Matanzas National Estuarine Research Reserve protects 76,760 acres in Northeast Florida, including the northernmost mangrove habitat on the East Coast and some of the state’s highest dunes. The Reserve offers an oasis for sea turtles, eastern and Amrican oysters, and roseate spoonbills. The waters along the Reserve’s coast also offer winter calving grounds for the endangered right whale. The Reserve is dedicated to the conservation of Florida’s unique biodiversity and its natural resources and combines education, research, and monitoring programs to reach this goal.

 

Did You Know…

Community volunteers donate more than 10,000 hours each year to support the Reserve and its work.

Latest News from the GTM Reserve

Making Way for Wetlands

Making Way for Wetlands

Wetlands around the country are increasingly threatened by rising seas, stronger storms, more extreme precipitation, and drought. Planning to protect these precious resources while addressing the needs of communities …

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Community-Informed Science in Florida

Community-Informed Science in Florida

In summer 2021, a group of land managers and scientists at Florida’s Guana Tolomato Matanzas (GTM) Reserve spotted some wetland ponding behind huge piles of oyster shells. Known as rakes, …

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Guana Tolomato Matanzas (GTM) Reserve, Florida