Invasive and Native Plants
An invasive plant is an introduced species of plant that usually comes from another place (state, country, continent, ocean; not all non-native species are considered invasive) and aggressively expands, becoming a problem in its new location by impacting human health, the economy, and/ or the environment.
Invasive plants can spread in numerous ways including seeds in nursery plants and soils, misidentification, foreign ships entering ports, fruits and flowers brought home by travelers, or landscaping, boat trailers, propellers, etc. not properly cleaned before or after transportation.
Workshops and Trainings
The GTM Research Reserve’s CTP Coordinator serves as co-chair for the First Coast Invasives Working Group, coordinating on regional invasive species issues. GTM Research Reserve staff can provide workshops on invasive plants and native alternatives for landscaping to interested groups including HOAs, landscape companies, and citizen organizations. Please contact the CTP Coordinator if you would like them to provide a workshop for your group.
CTP also provides technical assistance to landowners on the identification and removal of invasive species. If you believe that you have an invasive plant species on your property and would like assistance with proper identification, removal, and control steps, contact the CTP Coordinator to schedule a site assessment.
Low-Impact Development: Volume Reduction
is an innovative stormwater management approach with a basic principle that the land will mimic the natural water flow of the watershed. These stormwater management approaches are essential especially in communities where urban development has altered the natural water flow.
Stormwater runs off of rooftops, driveways, lawns, parking lots, and other surfaces into stormwater drains, bringing pollutants, nutrients, and bacteria into coastal waters. By utilizing low-impact development techniques, stormwater runoff can be significantly reduced, which reduces the amount of pollutants within our coastal waters.
The Coastal Training Program offers workshops and training materials for city planners, developers, engineers, and stormwater managers. Additional technical resources include the Watershed EZ Tool
and the Runoff Reduction Scenario Tool
that are used to quantify the stormwater volume reduction goals of a watershed. If you would like to request a workshop, please contact
the CTP Coordinator.
Green Industry Best Management Practices
This program is built upon a partnership among CTP, the University of Florida Institute of Food and Agricultural Sciences (UF-IFAS), the Florida Department of Environmental Protection (FDEP) and the Florida Department of Agriculture and Consumer Services (FDACS), and industry professionals.
This is an intensive effort to train all landscaping professionals on best management practices for the application of fertilizers in urban areas. The goal of this program is to improve water quality by addressing this leading cause of non-point source pollution in a pro-active way.
For more information and a list of certified professionals, please visit this website.
Coastal Resiliency Recommended Resources
"Coastal resilience means building the ability of a community to "bounce back" after hazardous events such as hurricanes, coastal storms, and flooding – rather than simply reacting to impacts," NOAA, 2015
Living shorelines use plants or other nature elements such as oyster reefs to stabilize the shorelines of estuarine coasts. Living shorelines can help improve water quality, provide habitat for fisheries, increase biodiversity, and allow for increased recreation.
Living shorelines are more resilient to storms than traditional hard armoring. Hard armoring such as bulkheads or seawalls can prevent the natural marsh migration and could accelerate or create coastal erosion. The marshes and oyster reefs of natural and living shorelines serve as natural barriers to waves, storm surge, and coastal erosion. Approximately 15% of marsh can absorb 50% of an incoming wave energy.
Learn more about living shorelines.
State of the Reserve
The GTM Research Reserve hosts a "State of the Reserve" symposium annually. The symposium provides an opportunity to reserve staff, reserve volunteers, visiting investigators, and partners to share their progress and results of their research within the GTM Research Reserve boundaries. Each year a theme guides the project presentations. Projects can be shared through oral presentations as well as poster presentations.
While the research presentations are scientific and technical, the "State of the Reserve" symposium has a family oriented component where visitors can learn about the various citizen science projects within the GTM Research Reserve boundaries as well workshops to share habitats of environmental stewards.
Thank you for your support with the 2017 "State of the Reserve" symposium. This year's theme was "Working Waters" which highlighted projects within the reserve that showcase not only the services that the waters provide including filtration, buffering, habitats, migratory routes, and nursery, but also how we can work with the waters through living shorelines, water quality, restoration, low-impact development, and more! View photos
from the symposium or the scientific symposium presentations below! Check back for information on the 2018 "State of the Reserve". For additional information, please contact
the CTP Coordinator.
Past State of the Reserve Symposiums
- 2017: "Working Waters"
- 2016: "Ecosystem Services"
- 2015: "Science to Management"
- 2014: "Changing Tides"
- 2013: "Preserving Public Lands to Sustain Healthy Communities"
- 2011: "Managing Partners"
- 2010: "Celebrating the 10th Anniversary of the Reserve"