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December 9th, 2020 at 6pm, North Port Friends of Wildlife (NPFOWL) will be sponsoring a talk which will be facilitated by the Shannon Staub Library. To sign up for this Zoom meeting, please register at https://scgovlibrary.librarymarket.com/events/north-port-friends-wildlife-lecture-series-live
or call 941-861-1744 to register over the phone. Spaces are limited and be sure to get your Zoom app set up on your device prior to the meeting!
This talk, presented by Debbie Blanco, will cover many of the natural lands in Sarasota County, especially in the south county area. This will be especially helpful in case you’re looking for hiking, biking, birding, photography, equestrian or kayaking adventures. Debbie will share the best places to go. She will also discuss our local wildlife, endangered species and other species of interest.
Debbie is a fifth-generation Floridian with her roots right here in Sarasota County. She was born and raised in Sarasota and graduated from Sarasota High School. She has a B.S. degree in Environmental Science & Policy from the University of South Florida and recently retired from Sarasota County Parks, Recreation & Natural Resources after a 22-year career in land management, having managed some of the county’s largest preserves, like the Carlton Reserve in Venice.
January 20th, 2021 at 6pm NPFOWL will be sponsoring a talk by Matt Miller to be facilitated by the Shannon Staub Library. Note, details to reserve online will be provided in the near future. In the meantime, here are the details for this event:
"Ecologic Corridors as a Tool for Smart Growth "
There are numerous tools in the tool belt that stakeholders can implement to ensure the sustainable protection of our natural resources. The tools may include federal, state and local regulations, land acquisition, and land management which should complement each other to effectively maximize their benefit.
Pasco County is the first County in the state to implement an Ecologic Corridor Ordinance. This ordinance was developed to provide connection between large tracts of publicly owned lands. In support of the ordinance, the County conducted numerous studies to identify locations, species utilizing the corridors, an applicable width specific to each corridor, among other information.
Ecologic corridors are an important topic for local projects in North Port along with statewide discussions on Florida Department of Transportation, M-CORES (Multi-use Corridors of Regional Economic Significance) projects.
Matthew P. Miller, P.W.S. is the Environmental Manager at Water Resource Associates, Inc. (WRA), located in Tampa, Florida. Mr. Miller has worked in both the public and private sectors in Central and Southwest Florida managing a variety of environmental projects including the regional approval of a 3,500-acre master planned development which included 1,100 acres of regionally, ecologically significant wetland mitigation. Mr. Miller is a Professional Wetland Scientists (P.W.S.) with the Society of Wetland Scientists and is authorized to survey and relocate gopher tortoises through the Florida Fish and Wildlife Conservation Commission (FWC).