IAN traveled to Florida for the kickoff workshop for the Everglades Report Card and System Status Report

SNAP exercise at the Everglades report card workshopThe Everglades is a complex, ecologically diverse system divided into four distinct regions: Northern Estuaries, Lake Okeechobee, Greater Everglades, and Southern Coastal Systems. In mid-March, IAN staff Bill Nuttle, Caroline Donovan, Alex Fries, and Emily Nastase led the first of four workshops in Florida to launch the Everglades Report Card and 2019 System Status Report. The workshop was held in West Palm Beach and participants included individuals of the RECOVER team and regional coordinators from the four Everglades regions. Despite differences between regions, the participants are working together to present the status of the whole system, and describe overall health of the Everglades.

Everglades regional workshops following Everglades newsletter

Everglades workshop participants standing in front of Ft. Lauderdale Research and Education building sign.In August, IAN held three regional workshops in Florida to lay the foundations for the Everglades Report Card and 2019 System Status Report. These workshops brought together scientists and managers from four unique regions throughout the Everglades: Greater Everglades, Northern Estuaries, Southern Coastal Systems, and Lake Okeechobee. The next step to creating these documents will be to work with Everglades scientists over the next year to compile and assess data. The final Everglades Report Card and System Status Report are expected to be completed by January 2019. More about this project can be found in the March 2017 newsletter.

Everglades region workshop newsletters released

IAN staff look out over the Everglades wetlands at the boardwalk at Royal Palm visitor center. Trees are visible in the background, emergent plants are visible in the water in the foreground.In August 2017, IAN staff Alexandra Fries, William Nuttle, Caroline Donovan, Heath Kelsey, and Emily Nastase led workshops in southern Florida to meet the Everglades region teams and begin the RECOVER 2019 System Status Report and Everglades Report Card. The goal of the workshops was to identify topics, indicators, and narratives for these documents. In collaboration with region PI's, a newsletter was created for each region to summarize the workshops and outline the future of this project. Click a region name to view that workshop newsletter: Southern Coastal Systems, Greater Everglades, Lake Okeechobee, and Northern Estuaries.