National Estuarine Research Reserves - Guana - Tolomato - Matanzas
9741 Ocean Shore Blvd
St. Augustine, Florida32080
The GTMNERR Management Advisory Group (MAG) holds regular meetings on the third Wednesday of the third month of each calendar quarter of the year. Meeting agenda items are finalized approximately two weeks prior to the meeting. The MAG is comprised of 26 members from partnering agencies as well as twelve citizen appointees. The purpose of the MAG is to: 1) Assist the Department of Environmental Protection (DEP) in an advisory capacity by providing recommendations to DEP on matters associated with the implementation of the GTMNERR Management Plan regarding environmental education, scientific research, and resource management strategies, which are consistent with the mission, goals and objectives of the NERR program as specified in 15 CFR Part 921 and the provisions of Section 315 of the Coastal Zone Management Act of 1972; 2) Review and make recommendations to DEP on proposals for amendments to the GTMNERR management plan; 3) Assist DEP in maintaining effective interagency coordination and communication among federal, state, and local governmental agencies and the public on issues regarding the management of the reserve; 4) Support the seeking of funding to provide for land acquisition, facilities development and maintenance, scientific research, environmental monitoring, environmental education, equipment purchases, general operations expenses, and any other purpose necessary for the effective functioning of the reserve; and, 5) Serve as an advisory group to the GTMNERR Coastal Training Program to guide the program to address needs of the stakeholder groups which the MAG represents.
The Florida Department of Environmental Protection is the state’s lead agency for environmental management and stewardship – protecting our air, water and land. The vision of the Florida Department of Environmental Protection is to create strong community partnerships, safeguard Florida’s natural resources and enhance its ecosystems.