Reserves Help Certify Hundreds of “Green Landscaping” Trainers

The Takeaway: More than 200 people have taken the course, which three research reserves helped develop and coordinate.

Long before Hurricane Irma brought massive flooding to the Florida coast, the state was chronically hard-hit by polluted runoff. This issue is being addressed through a “green landscaping” training initiative that boosts water quality, decreases runoff, and saves landscapers money. Over 200 people have participated thus far, making them far more knowledgeable about proper “after-storm” landscaping techniques. The training was made possible by three Florida research reserves.

Over the next three years, an estimated 100,000 Florida landscapers will be better able to implement these management practices, which are state-mandated. Topics covered include lawn and landscape techniques, irrigation, pesticide handling, and fertilizers.

Rookery Bay National Estuarine Research Reserve helped develop this training, and sessions are coordinated by Rookery Bay Reserve, Apalachicola Reserve, and Guana Tolomato Matanzas Reserve. The multi-partner initiative also includes the Florida Department of Environmental Protection. (2017)

Partners: Apalachicola National Estuarine Research Reserve, Florida Department of Environmental Protection’s Nonpoint Source Management Section, Guana Tolomato Matanzas Reserve, Greenscape Alliance, Rookery Bay Reserve