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FSSR Newsletter - March 2009

FDEP SHORELINE RESTORATION PROJECT - BENEFITS OF MANGROVE HABITAT IN THE INDIAN RIVER LAGOON

    Our March program will be a presentation by Lisa Johnson, Southeast Aquatic Preserves, Coastal and Aquatic Managed Areas, FDEP on her work as the Shoreline Restoration Coordinator.
    After nearly a century of significant loss, restoration efforts of the diverse and economically important mangrove habitats in the Indian River Lagoon are underway. Florida Department of Environmental Protection's (FDEP) Southeast Aquatic Preserves Field Office, with the support of the Indian River Lagoon National Estuary Program, is coordinating the Indian River Lagoon Shoreline Restoration Project. The volunteer-based project focuses on restoring public shorelines through a variety of mangrove planting techniques. Hear about the history and future of this project, mangrove ecosystems of the Indian River Lagoon, and how mangroves benefit the public.
    The meeting will be Tuesday, March 24, 7:30 PM at the North Indian River County Library in Sebastian.  Everyone is welcome to attend and refreshments will be served.

WE ARE TURNING 20 THIS YEAR!

    The Friends is turning 20 years old this year and we have all of you to thank for it, as we couldn't have survived without your support over these many years!  We can't thank you enough, but we will attempt to do so with a celebration.  We are planning an event for June to celebrate our anniversary.  So if you want to help out, or have any ideas on how we should celebrate the milestone, please let us know.

ST. SEBASTIAN RIVER PAINTING RAFFLE

    Congratulations to Anna Marie Staudenmaier, who won the St. Sebastian River Bridge painting that we raffled at our January 2009 meeting.  Richard Gillmor who is a member of the Friends and the Sebastian River Art Club did the painting.
    All proceeds from the recent raffles we have held go towards the George Schum Award, given to a Sebastian River High School senior.  The award also includes a scholarship, which we have been increasing the amount of, the last several years.  This year's award includes a $500 scholarship.  Thanks to all who participated and especially to Mr. Gillmor for his generosity in donating the painting to us as a fund-raiser.