See below for a message from Maran Hilgendorf of the Charlotte Harbor National Estuary Program. She’s in need of kayakers and boaters who have some time to donate for a project that will help resource managers
restore and maintain estuary shorelines – you know the ones that make the Calusa Blueway so vibrant. Please read this email, share with others and contact Maran at
if you can help.
Thanks, and happy holidays
PS: If you do decide to volunteer for the shoreline survey, it would not count toward your volunteer hours tally at Lee County Parks & Recreation. Just thought I’d say that for those of you who like to “shop”
in the volunteer incentives program “store.”
Coordinator, Lee County Parks & Recreation
3410 Palm Beach Blvd., Fort Myers, FL 33916
239-533-7474 or 239-826-4606
From: Maran Hilgendorf [mailto:mhilgendorf@...]
Sent: Wednesday, December 12, 2012 4:44 PM
To: Clayton, Betsy
Subject: CHNEP shoreline survey
Remapping the Condition of the Shoreline — You Can Help
Volunteers Needed to Update Shoreline Survey in 2013
Citizen kayakers and boaters completed the first
comprehensive mapping of the Lee and Charlotte county estuarine shoreline in 2007 and again in 2010. Volunteers paddled and motored along the urban and residential coasts, each time collecting more than 5,000 important pieces of information about how much
shoreline was natural vegetation, nonnative vegetation or “hardened” with seawalls or riprap. They also estimated hurricane damage to the vegetation.
The initial shoreline surveys combined on-site field visits by volunteers with aerial photography interpreted by scientists at Photo Science.
Photo Science compared the 2007 data to aerial photo data and then incorporated it into a report.
With volunteer help, the CHNEP plans on updating the shoreline survey by spring of 2013. The update will compare the results of all three surveys.
The 2013 survey is supported with a grant from the Florida Coastal Management Program, Florida Department of Environmental Protection and National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration.
These surveys provide accurate shoreline vegetation condition information that helps inform resource managers in their efforts to restore and
maintain estuary shorelines that support diverse fishery and invertebrate populations. The data are also used in studies such as one on the wetland conditions and changes within the watershed, which was conducted by the Southwest Florida Regional Planning
Council and the CHNEP, and funded by the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency and the CHNEP. Survey information helps implement the Comprehensive Conservation and Management Plan
(CCMP), the CHNEP’s plan to protect the environment.
We need a corps of volunteer kayakers and boaters to help conduct the shoreline survey in 2013. No experience is necessary. The CHNEP will
provide training and materials, though volunteers will need to have their own water transportation. We will be organizing volunteers and team leaders beginning in December. If you would like to volunteer for the shoreline survey or would like more information
about the project, please contact CHNEP Communications Manager Maran Hilgendorf (mhilgendorf@...,
866/835-5785, ext. 240). The reports mentioned in this article and background information about the study methods are available at
The shoreline is an important transition area from
land to water. Native vegetation provides valuable contributions to the food web and protect land from erosion. More than 4,000 urban lots were reviewed in 2007 and 2010. In 2010, 52% of the lots had mangroves, up 4% from 2007. Of lots with mangroves, 39%
trimmed them, up 7% from 2007. Of trimmed mangroves, 38% were less than 6 feet in height, a violation of state standards, down 8% from 2007.
Maran Brainard Hilgendorf, Communications Manager
Charlotte Harbor National Estuary Program
1926 Victoria Ave, Fort Myers FL 33901-3414
239/338-2556, Toll-free 866/835-5785 Phone extension 240
CHNEP: A partnership working to protect the natural environment of Florida from Venice to Bonita Springs to Winter Haven