Since 2009 Sea to Shore Alliance has been collecting manatee use data at Silver Glen Springs, located in the Ocala National Forest. Helping to provide scientific information to enhance decision making for the spring’s wildlife and recreational usage, S2S is a partner of the Silver Glen Working Group (SGWG) which includes a variety of state, federal, and private sector individuals and organizations. “The purpose of the SGWG is to provide a framework for communication between all vested partners and to allow for a cooperative approach in management planning of the spring’s ecological health and recreational use,” says S2S research scientist Monica Ross.
The Disney Conservation Fund awarded a grant to the National Forest Foundation (NFF) and S2S was contracted to conduct a vegetation monitoring study within Silver Glen Springs. With the purpose of helping strengthen Silver Glen’s future wildlife and recreational management plan, S2S has also been able to share with the working group the years of manatee observation data collected through Ross’s work within the spring.
VIDEO: S2S was featured by the Disney Conservation Fund in this short clip that highlights the various groups and organizations that continuously work together to keep Silver Glen Springs protected for generations to come.