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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, including the parking lot, is closed due to prescribed burn activity.
  • Environmental Times Newsletter
    Read the latest edition Spring 2016 for highlights on artificial reefs, climate change, LagoonFest and more. [LINK]
  • Pawpaw Preserve Natural Area
    The draft management plan is now available for public review. Public comments can be emailed to , or can be provided at the April 29, 2016 NAMAC Meeting. Click here for more information on the meeting time and place.[DRAFT PLAN]
  • Instagram Photo Contest: Hug a Tree for Earth Day
    Show off your love for trees and Mother Earth by snapping a picture of a tree-hugger in action during April to celebrate the value Palm Beach County's trees provide to us and the environment. See link for rules and entry information. [PDF]
  • 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]
  • Snail Walk and Talk Sat. April 30th - Winding Waters Natural Area, West Palm Beach
    Join the Snail Lady of Palm Beach County for this hour-long kid-friendly walk and talk to learn the secrets these creepy crawly animals keep hidden under their shells. Registration required. [EVENT FLYER]
  • 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]