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FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
April 6, 2011
Contact: Don Finefrock,
Executive Director
305.665.4769
South Florida National Parks Trust Announces
New Grants to Benefit South Florida’s National Parks

The South Florida National Parks Trust has approved $95,000 in grant funding to support two environmental restoration projects and a boater education program in South Florida’s national parks during the coming year, Trust Chairman Carlos Arazoza announced today.

The board of the SFNPT approved three new grants at a recent meeting in Biscayne National Park, including:

  • $40,000 to remove approximately 450 abandoned crab and lobster traps and other debris in Biscayne National Park that damages the reef tract by crushing, breaking and smothering coral and other organisms.
  • $35,000 to fund at least four sea grass restoration projects in Florida Bay at grounding sites in Everglades National Park that have been stalled for lack of resources. The funding also will allow the park to develop a plan to make it easier for volunteer groups to carry out sea grass restoration projects in the park.
  • $20,000 to develop a state-of-the-art boater education program in Florida Bay and other marine waters of Everglades National Park.

The South Florida National Parks Trust was established by the National Park Foundation in 2002 to support South Florida’s four national parks – Everglades, Biscayne and Dry Tortugas National Parks and Big Cypress National Preserve – through fund-raising and community outreach.

Since its inception, the Trust has provided more than $3 million in funding to these four parks to support projects and programs in five critical areas: environmental education, resource protection, visitor services, volunteer activities and community outreach.

For more information about the Trust, visit www.southfloridaparks.org.