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FSSR Newsletter - January 2007


    Sounds like the title of a bad horror movie, you say?  Actually EELs in Brevard County stands for their Environmentally Endangered Lands Program.  Chris O'Hara, South Region Land Manager for EELs is our guest speaker this month.  One of his colleagues was president of the Friends several years ago and a strong advocate for the purchase of the properties that now make up the St. Sebastian River Preserve State Park.
    Mr. O'Hara will give an overview of the Brevard County EELs Program and focus on management activities in the southern part of the county.  He will be telling us about activities that the county uses to maintain its conservation lands and how they work to protect the natural resources.  As many of you know, there is a lot of concern about potential impacts to Brevard's conservation areas in the southern part of the county, due to proposed development in the area.  And the visions of grandeur of the City of Palm Bay has certainly caught the attention of many, in their quest for their own fiefdom - unlikely to be the "Emerald City"!
    The meeting will be Tuesday, January 23, 7:30 PM at the North Indian River County Library, Sebastian Blvd. in Sebastian.  This is also our annual business meeting and current Friends members will be voting on this year's slate of nominees for our Board of Directors.  In addition we will be presenting our annual Environmental Enhancement Award.  Please see the related story below.  All are welcome and refreshments will be served following the presentation.


    The St. Johns River Water Management District/Indian River Lagoon Program is hosting a series of "Listening Meetings" throughout the counties bordering the Indian River Lagoon.  These meetings are an opportunity for the pubic to "…learn about the IRLNEP (IRL National Estuary Program), discuss issues of concern and offer input into solving problems."
    The Friends is co-sponsoring the meeting in Indian River County, which will be held on Tuesday, February 6 from 5:30 to 7:30 PM at the Environmental Learning Center in Wabasso.  For more information, you can view the IRLP news release at: