Cockroach Bay workday & workshop
Thanks to all of you who wrote emails and attended the workshop in November, the Florida Dept. of Environmental Protection (DEP) has heard our concerns about their 10-year Management Plan for Cockroach Bay Preserve State Park.
In response to our concerns they have scheduled 2 events:
(1) Workday — volunteers needed!
(2) Workshop — citizen participation is important!
See dates & details in the 2 announcements below to help out.
In response to our comments that they are allowing invasive plants like Brazilian Pepper to destroy habitat on the islands, Florida DEP Parks Dept. has scheduled a workday, and they are asking for volunteers to help.
If you can’t make this workday, but would like to participate in future workdays, call the contact numbers above to ask them to add you to their email list for Cockroach Bay workdays.
DEP has indicated that they intend to improve their Management Plan, in light of our input, and they have agreed to hold another Workshop.
It is important that people attend this meeting to make sure that the 10-year Management Plan is effective, and to show the State that people do care about Cockroach Bay.
For more information:
- See my previous post for the issues involved in the Cockroach Bay Management Plan
- Draft Management Plan for Cockroach Bay Preserve State Park:
- Tampa Tribune article, front page, “State fails to deal with invasive plants at Cockroach Bay critics say”
- Tampa Tribune editorial: “Halt Cockroach Bay invasion”
- Observer News announcement of Workday & Workshop
Cockroach Bay includes:
- Cockroach Bay Preserve — County-managed uplands within the ELAP Program
- Cockroach Bay Aquatic Preserve — State-managed submerged lands
- Cockroach Bay Preserve State Park — State-managed islands within Cockroach Bay and the mouth of the Little Manatee River
It is these islands which are the subject of this Management Plan.