2019: 20th Anniversary as NERR

2019: 20th Anniversary as NERR

GTM Research Reserve celebrates 20 years as a National Estuarine Research Reserve at the State of the Reserve.

2018: North Florida Land Trust Purchase

2018: North Florida Land Trust Purchase

The Northeast Florida Land Trust purchases 4.3 acres of land along SR A1A at the head of Guana Lake.

2018: Princess Place Eco Cottages Open House

2018: Princess Place Eco Cottages Open House

An open house is held for the Princess Place Eco Cottages located at Princess Place Preserve in Flagler County. These cottages will provide a place for visiting scientists, educators, and students to stay so they can explore and study the preserve and surrounding natural systems.

2017: Hurricane Irma

2017: Hurricane Irma

The GTM beaches are once again challenged by another hurricane – Irma! But Irma creates opportunities for GTM researchers to collect data.

2017: Water Quality Sampling in Guana River and Lake

2017: Water Quality Sampling in Guana River and Lake

The GTM NERR and Northeast Florida Aquatic Preserves begin water quality sampling in Guana River and Guana Lake.

2016: Hurricane Matthew

2016: Hurricane Matthew

 Hurricane Matthew damages the GTM beaches.

2014: Oyster Reef Monitoring

2014: Oyster Reef Monitoring

GTM NERR begins surveys of oyster reefs throughout estuary.

2010: First State of the Reserve

2010: First State of the Reserve

At the first State of the Reserve, departments gave presentations, displayed posters, and issued published abstracts.

2009: Michael Shirley GTM NERR Environmental Administrator

2009: Michael Shirley GTM  NERR Environmental Administrator

Dr. Michael Shirley, research coordinator at Rookery Bay NERR, joined the GTM NERR staff as the Northeast regional administrator and director of the Reserve.

2009: 10-Year Management Plan Approved

2009: 10-Year Management Plan Approved

NOAA approved a 10-year Management Plan which was published in Federal Register on July 1, 2009.  

2009: Guana Dam Water Quality Monitoring

2009: Guana Dam Water Quality Monitoring

The Guana Dam Water Quality Monitoring Project begins in 2009 and ends in 2010.

2005: Grand Opening of the GTM Environmental Education Center

2005: Grand Opening of the GTM Environmental Education Center

The Grand Opening of the GTM Environmental Education Center (Visitor Center) was held on National Estuaries Day. The 21,000 square-foot facility was a $6.2 million project. The Center includes interpretive exhibits, aquariums, classrooms, teaching and working laboratories, an auditorium and an outdoor amphitheater overlooking the Guana River Aquatic Preserve.

2002: Groundbreaking Ceremony for GTM Environmental Education Center

2002: Groundbreaking Ceremony for GTM Environmental Education Center

Groundbreaking ceremony for the GTM Environmental Education Center (Visitor Center) took place at the former Guana River State Park in Ponte Vedra Beach.

2001: System-Wide Monitoring Program Begins

2001: System-Wide Monitoring Program Begins

Continuous water quality and weather monitoring begins at the GTM NERR.

2001: Ribbon Cutting Ceremony at GTM NERR Headquaters

2001: Ribbon Cutting Ceremony at GTM NERR Headquaters

An open house and ribbon cutting ceremony was held at the new GTM NERR headquarters in Marineland. The building houses a laboratory, office space for approximately five full-time and seasonal employees, a classroom or conference room, and includes quarters for a visiting scientist.

2000: GTM NERR Facilities Renovation

2000: GTM NERR Facilities Renovation

Funds for the new GTM NERR facility renovation were provided by NOAA and the State of Florida. Governor Jeb Bush, Senator Jim King, Representative Doug Wiles, and Representative Joe Arnall authorized the expenditure of $95,000 of state funds to renovate the Marineland campground building into GTM NERR facilities.

2000:

2000:

The Citizen Support Organization (Friends of the GTM Reserve) agreement between the Office of Coastal and Aquatic Managed Areas CAMA (now Office of Resilience and Coastal Protection), GTM NERR, and Friends of the Reserve (FOR) was established.

1999: GTM NERR Facility Plans

1999: GTM NERR Facility Plans

At a Management Advisory Group (MAG) meeting, it was announced that the GTM NERR would accept an offer from Flagler County and the Town of Marineland to allow the former Marineland campground building to be converted to a GTM NERR facility.