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Resource Monitoring

Gopher Tortoise Monitoring  Vegetation Monitoring  Florida Mouse Monitoring

We use resource monitoring to ensure that the natural lands of Seminole County are being managed efficiently and effectively.  Staff organize bioblitzes twice a year for rotating properties, where we identify as many species as possible with the help of experts, both volunteers and professional. We also conduct gopher tortoise burrow surveys to monitor populations, which has allowed us to receive grant funding for restoration projects on many of our properties.

In the fiscal year 2020-21, we organized two bioblitzes at Geneva Wilderness Area and Spring Hammock Preserve. We identified 236 previously unrecorded species at Geneva WA, and 335 species at Spring Hammock. 

Reasons we monitor the Natural Lands properties:
  • Monitor the effects habitat restoration has on our wilderness areas.
  • Monitor the effects invasive species control has on our wilderness areas.
  • Monitor the effects public use has on our wilderness areas.
  • Measure of species diversity
  • Monitor Federal and State listed species
  • Provide a vehicle for community involvement through volunteerism, academic research, etc.
  • Provide annual data to Florida Fish and Wildlife Conservation Commission (FWC), Florida Natural Areas Inventory (FNAI), and requests from outside parties