The stewardship sector at the GTM Research Reserve uses the best available science to maintain and restore healthy, productive and resilient ecosystems that are balanced with recreational uses. This sector is divided into two resource management components: aquatic and upland.
The Aquatic Resource Management team stewards the vast estuaries and the salt marsh and mangrove habitats within the reserve, as well as the portion of the marine habitat that falls within the reserve’s boundary. This team includes the Northeast Florida Aquatic Preserves staff.
The Upland Resource Management team stewards the terrestrial and freshwater habitats including coastal scrub (shown above) maritime hammock forest, pine flatwoods, freshwater marsh and the beaches. This team includes the park ranger staff in charge of managing visitor uses and facilities.