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Registration open for ‘Back to Our Roots’ workshops

By COASTAL WATCH - | Jan 8, 2021

PHOTO PROVIDED Coastal Watch recently announced a new initiative, “Back to Our Roots.”

Coastal Watch recently announced a new initiative to teach the value of mangroves on the islands through community involvement. Through the educational initiative, “Back to Our Roots,” it invites residents to “adopt” their own mangrove.

The initiative includes a mangrove workshop, where participants will gain a deeper understanding of mangrove biology and how the trees are so integral to Southwest Florida’s marine ecosystem. After the workshop, they will receive a starter kit to grow a mangrove at home until it is ready to be planted at a local restoration site during a community planting event later this year.

To get involved, interested persons should attend one of Coastal Watch’s virtual workshops. The Coastal Watch Advisory Committee has set ones for Jan. 16 at 1 p.m. and Jan. 21 at 6 p.m.

The workshops will include an educational component focusing on mangrove ecology and the threats mangroves face in Southwest Florida. Coastal Watch will share more about conservation efforts for the trees and discuss how the community can get involved to help protect mangroves on Sanibel and Captiva. The workshops will also include key tips on how participants will grow their mangroves as part of the new community initiative.

To register for a workshop, visit https://sancapcoastalwatch.org/back-to-our-roots.

Part of the Sanibel-Captiva Conservation Foundation family, Coastal Watch creates and implements conservation initiatives that promote and improve the future of marine resources and the coastal heritage. For more information, visit sancapcoastalwatch.org or contact coastalwatch@sanibelseaschool.org.