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Thursday, March 23, 2017
Franklin County sends letter opposing proposed cuts to the National Estuarine Research Reserve system and for SeaGrant
County Commissioners have agreed to send a letter to Florida's
Legislative delegation in congress asking that they work to protect
federal funding for the National Estuarine Research Reserve system
and for SeaGrant which provides funding for the local extension
White House has proposed a budget that cuts funding for a number of
environmental research programs including the National Estuarine
Research Reserve system which would be devastating to the local
Reserve manages over 12,000 acres in Gulf and Franklin Counties,
including Little St. George Island, the St. Joseph Bay State Buffer
Preserve, and several other sites bordering Apalachicola Bay.
Lovestrand, who heads up the local extension office, said the
proposed budget also zeroes out the national SeaGrant budget which is
a significant component of state and local extension operations
throughout the country.
Commissioners said they want to make sure that our federal
legislators know that both programs are very important to Franklin
County and the Apalachicola Bay.
board voted unanimously to authorize the Chairman’s signature on a
letter to Florida's US Legislative Delegation supporting continued
funding for the Apalachicola National Estuarine Research Reserve and
for the SeaGrant program.