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March 2004

YOUR FLORIDA YARD AND NEIGHBORHOOD

    Our program this month will introduce you to a couple new folks with the Indian River County Extension Service in Vero Beach.  Janet Bargar is their new Water Quality agent.  She will be talking about urban stormwater runoff and what residents can do help prevent debris and pollution from being carried into the river and lagoon.
    Ms. Bargar will be joined by Christine Kelly, who is the new Indian River County Extension Service Director.  Ms. Kelly was formerly the state coordinator for the Florida Yards & Neighborhoods program.  She will be giving us an overview of the program and what homeowners can do to make their Florida yards more environmentally friendly.  You can find out more information about the FY&N program on their website at: http://hort.ufl.edu/fyn, or the Indian River County Extension Service website at: http://indian.ifas.ufl.edu.
    The National Wildlife Federation's "Backyard Wildlife Habitat
Ô" and the Audubon Society's "Audubon At Home" programs also provide more information on landscaping your yard for wildlife and conservation.  Please visit their websites at: www.nwf.org/backyardwildlifehabitat and www.audubon.org/bird/at_home/index.html, respectively for more information.
    The meeting will be on
Tuesday March 23, 7:30 PM at the North Indian River County library in Sebastian.  Refreshments will be served following the program and all are welcome to attend.

LIVING WATERS: AQUATIC PRESERVES OF FLORIDA

    The Florida Department of Environmental Protection has produced a documentary, along with Live Oak Production Group, called "Living Waters: Aquatic Preserves of Florida".  The film is " designed to raise awareness and promote environmental stewardship of Florida's aquatic preserves. Hosted by Clyde Butcher (www.clydebutcher.com), the film showcases 12 aquatic preserves and features personal accounts from those that live, work and enjoy these living waters on a daily basis.  PBS stations statewide will air the film this spring."
    For more information on this documentary, see the DEP's website at: www.dep.state.fl.us/coastal.