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Long Term Nesting Habitat Protection for Sea Turtles

Implementing Organization

US Department of the Interior

Overview

DWH Project Funding

$7,000,000

Known Leveraged Funding

$0

Funding Organization

Natural Resource Damage Assessment Trustees (NRDA)

Funding Program

Natural Resource Damage Assessment NRDA

Details

Project Category

Environmental

Project Actions

Species Restoration

Targeted Resources

Sea Turtles

Project Description

This project will protect high-density nesting beach habitat and enhance sea turtle hatchling productivity and survival at Archie Carr National Wildlife Refuge (ACNWR) located on the Atlantic Coast of Florida. ACNWR hosts the highest density nesting beach habitat in the western hemisphere for loggerhead sea turtles, is the most significant area for green sea turtle nesting in North America, and serves as increasingly important nesting habitat for leatherback sea turtles. The sandy shorelines at ACNWR serve as nesting habitat for sea turtles that spend a portion of their lives in the Gulf of Mexico. The project will provide strategic protection of priority parcels by working with willing sellers to help minimize fragmentation; reduce risk of additional coastal armoring (e.g. rip rap, rock walls, sheet metal pilings); and contribute to overall sea turtle protection, conservation and management objectives. The Trustees will work with multiple partners to implement the project. It is anticipated that additional funding sources will be leveraged to meet overall ACNWR protection goals. Acquisition of priority parcels will be pursued through either fee-simple acquisition or less-than-fee easement acquisition from willing sellers. Conservation of this valuable habitat will reduce human-caused disturbances, reduce future threats, and support sea turtle hatchling survival. The project will target green and loggerhead sea turtles but will also benefit an abundance of coastal resources. Years one through three activities will focus on property acquisition including property appraisals, due diligence tasks, and negotiations with willing sell...click on "More Info" link below

Contact

Dianne Ingram
(251) 517-8012
dianne_ingram@fws.gov
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Project Partners

None

Affiliated Institutions

None

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