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Natural Areas Management Advisory Committee

 

 

History

The Palm Beach County Natural Areas Management Advisory Committee (NAMAC) was initially established on August 16, 1994 by the Board of County Commissioners, which also appoints the members of the committee.  NAMAC was reestablished on February 24, 2009 to consolidate all resolutions related to the committee into one resolution and to update the membership, duties and functions of the committee.

Membership

NAMAC has seven regular members:

  • One member with experience in the management of natural areas.
  • One biological scientist.
  • One professional educator with knowledge of South Florida ecosystems.
  • One representative of a local municipal government parks and recreation program.
  • One member of the Palm Beach County Parks and Recreation Department staff.
  • Two citizens having an interest in preservation and conservation of natural areas.

Duties and Functions

The duties and functions of NAMAC are:

  • To review and comment on initial and revised management plans developed by staff for natural areas and conservation lands managed by ERM, in accordance with the requirements of the Palm Beach County Natural Areas Ordinance (No. 94-13), as may be amended from time to time.
  • To hold a public hearing on each management plan, as required, to solicit input from the public.
  • To consider oral and written public comments at hearings and at NAMAC business meetings.
  • To make a recommendation to the Board regarding the approval of each management plan reviewed by NAMAC.
  • To review and comment on conceptual site plans prepared by staff as part of grant applications for funding for acquisition and/or management of natural areas.
  • To review and comment on staff-proposed interim changes to management plans.
  • To review the results of ongoing monitoring of natural areas to determine whether management goals are being met. 
  • To make recommendations to staff regarding policies related to the management of the natural areas.
  • To periodically review management plans for possible modification.

Meeting Schedule

Regular meetings of NAMAC are generally held on the third Friday of each month.  Meetings begin at 1:30 p.m. and are held in the Vista Center at 2300 North Jog Road, West Palm Beach, Florida.  NAMAC also schedules field trips to sites for which management plans are being prepared and public hearings to obtain comments on the draft management plan.  All meetings and field trips are open to the public.

Contact Person

The contact person for NAMAC is David Gillings, who may be reached at 561-233-2477 or

 

Current Highlights and Upcoming Events

 
  • Hungryland Slough Natural Area - REOPENED
  • Lake Worth Lagoon Initiative Grant Program
    Now accepting applications for FY 2017. Deadline to submit is August 15, 2016. [LINK]
  • Pawpaw Preserve - UPDATE
    The Pawpaw Preserve Natural Area draft management plan is now available for public review. Public comments can be emailed to erm-natural@co.palm-beach.fl.us,or can be provided at the May 26, 2016 Public Hearing and Open House. Click on the link for time and location. [LINK]
  • Adventure Awaits - Sunrise Hike, May 7th 6:30am
    Join us for a guided hike through Cypress Creek Natural Area in Jupiter. For more details and to reserve your spot, click on the link to the event page. [EVENT PAGE]
  • Adventure Awaits - Firewalk, The Spark of Life, May 24th 5:30pm
    Join us at Sweetbay Natural Area in Palm Beach Gardens for this guided hike. For more details and to reserve your spot, visit the event page. [EVENT PAGE]
  • Adventure Awaits - Namaste, Yoga in the Natural Areas, May 25th 6:30pm
    Join us at Yamato Scrub Natural Area in Boca Raton for this unique experience. For more details and to reserve your spot, visit the event page. [EVENT PAGE]
  • Lake Worth Lagoon Fishing Challenge, June 1st - 30th
    Interested in helping collect valuable fisheries information while getting a chance to win a prize? If so, you'll want to participate in this free fishing event. Visit the web page for details. [LINK]
  • Running Wild, June 4th 7:00am
    Run with ERM at Loxahatchee Slough Natural Area will cover approximately 10 miles and take participants through a variety of habitats on a combination of hardened and primitive trails. For more details and to reserve your spot, visit the event page. [EVENT PAGE]
  • Adventure Awaits - Sunset Photography Workshop, June 10th 6:00pm
    Take part in a guided photography tour of Winding Waters Natural Area in West Palm Beach. For more details and to reserve your spot, visit the event page. [EVENT PAGE]
  • Adventure Awaits - Sunset Paddle, June 15th 5:30pm
    Come paddle with ERM staff to Fullerton Island in Jupiter as the sun sets over this recently restored 12 acre maritime hammock island with newly created seagrass and mangrove habitat. For more details and to reserve your spot, visit the event page. [EVENT PAGE]
  • Adventure Awaits - Growing Up Wild, Connecting Kids to Nature, June 18th 9:00am
    ERM staff will lead you and your child on a guided walk through the woods at Royal Palm Beach Pines Natural Area highlighting points of interest associated with "Birds in Your Backyard" followed by an arts and crafts project each child can take home. For more details and to reserve your spot, visit the event page. [EVENT PAGE]
  • Adventure Awaits - Bike and Hike, June 25th 8:00am
    Discover the trails of Loxahatchee Slough with ERM staff during this unique tour that incorporates cycling and hiking. For more details and to reserve your spot, visit the event page. [EVENT PAGE]
  • Environmental Times Newsletter
    Read the latest edition Spring 2016 for highlights on artificial reefs, climate change, LagoonFest and more. [LINK]
  • Volunteer Accomplishments in 2015
    See what ERM's volunteers were up to in 2015. [PDF]
  • Mosquito Control Update - Zika Virus
    While ERM's Mosquito Control Division is hard at work taking proactive steps to reducing mosquito popluations learn how you can protect yourself and reduce your exposure to mosquitoe-borne diseases. [PDF]
  • Scavenger Hunts
    Are available at several natural areas for youngsters to complete to recieve their Natural Area Youth Explorer certificate. [PDF]
  • ERM's Status Reports
    Stay up to date on our projects with these monthly publications. [LINK]