Gator GraphicThe UF/IFAS Aquatic Ecosystems Restoration Mini-Course

Coral Springs Marriott, Coral Springs, FL
May 8, 2014 | 1:00-4:45pm

UF/IFAS ExtensionOrganizer: Lyn Gettys (
University of Florida IFAS FLREC

The UF/IFAS Aquatic Ecosystems Restoration Mini-Course is a half-day course designed to serve in-the-field practitioners and businesses that perform restoration projects or are interested in entering the market. The Mini-Course is ideal for local, state, and federal employees, scientists, aquatic plant nurseries and growers, consultants, entrepreneurs and anyone interested in aquatic and wetland habitat restoration and enhancement.

Topics Covered:
• Nursery and greenhouse production of aquatic plants for restoration projects
• On-site restoration and damage repair of submersed areas
• Criteria, design and management of large and small aquatic restoration and enhancement projects
• Plant selection for constructed wetlands
• Current restoration projects in Florida’s springs and rivers

• Learn about aquatic restoration from experts in the field
• Gain information that can be used to inform aquatic restoration projects
• Start a toolbox to offer restoration services to clientele
• Build your network and forge new partnerships
• Share lessons learned about the “whys” and “hows” of aquatic restoration

Registration is $60 per person and includes course materials, and full participation in the mini-course.


Registration for this Mini-Course is Closed

Refund Policy: All refund requests must be received in writing by April 18, 2014. No refunds will be issued after this date. A processing fee of $10.00 will be deducted from all mini-course refunds.

Special Needs: Participants with special needs can be reasonably accommodated by contacting the Office of Conferences & Institutes at least 10 working days prior to the conference. We can be reached by phone at 1-352-392-5930, by FAX at 1-352-392-4044, or by calling 1-800-955-8771 (TDD). The TDD number can only be accessed from within the State of Florida.

Mini-Course Session Descriptions and Speaker Bios:


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Course Schedule:


1:00pm-1:05pm Welcome/opening remarks
Lyn Gettys, University of Florida
1:05pm-1:30pm Nursery Production of Emergent Aquatic Plants for Restoration Projects
Gil Sharell, Aquatic Plants of Florida
1:30pm-1:55pm Production of SAV Sod for Aquatic Restoration
Lyn Gettys, University of Florida
1:55pm-2:20pm Recovering Lost Treasures: Aquatic Resource Restoration
S. "Monty" Montgomery, Allstate Resource Management
2:20pm-2:45pm Establishment and Management of Vegetation-Based Treatment Systems for Phosphorus Removal in the Everglades
Lou Toth, South Florida Water Management District
2:45pm-3:00pm Break and networking opportunity
light refreshments provided
3:00pm-3:25pm Techniques for On-site Restoration of Submersed Areas
Jim Anderson, Seagrass Recovery
3:25pm-3:50pm Ecological Restoration along Howard Frankland Bridge in Tampa Bay, Florida
Bruce Hasbrouck, Faller, Davis and Associates
3:50pm-4:15pm A Behind-the-Scenes Look at Developing a Management Plan for Orange Lake
Bruce Jaggers, Florida Fish and Wildlife Conservation Commission
4:15pm-4:40pm Aquatic Habitat Enhancement in Public Waterbodies: Using the Tools in the Toolbox at Tropical Park and Lake Trafford
Rodney Hudson and Beacham Furse, Florida Fish and Wildlife Conservation Commission
4:40pm-4:45pm Closing remarks/adjourn
Lyn Gettys, University of Florida

Meeting Location and Accommodations:

Fort Lauderdale Marriott, Coral Springs                             Hotel Exterior
11775 Heron Bay Boulevard 
Coral Springs, FL 33076
PHONE: 954-753-5598
FAX: 954-753-2888
TOLL FREE: 800-311-8018


The Aquatic Ecosystem Restoration Mini-Course will be held at the Coral Springs Marriott. Attendees of the mini-course are eligible to share in discounted lodging rates at the Coral Springs Marriott offered to those attending the Aquatic Weed Control Short Course which precedes the mini-course and takes place May 5-8, 2014. 


For more information on room rates and to make a reservation, visit the Aquatic Weed Short Course Hotel Site. Please be advised that the hotel will likely sell out early for rooms on Wednesday, May 7th.  Those needing accommodations are encouraged to reserve a room well before the April 13th rate cut-off.



Program Information
Dr. Lyn Gettys -- Course Organizer
University of Florida 
Fort Lauderdale Research and Education Center 
Aquatic and Wetland Plant Science 
3205 College Ave 
Davie FL 33314 
PHONE: 954-577-6331 


Registration Information
Kimberly Brand -- Course Registrar
Office of Conferences and Institutes (OCI) 
University of Florida / IFAS
PO Box 110750, Building 639, Mowry Road 
Gainesville, FL 32611-0750 
PHONE: 352-392-5930 
FAX: 352-392-4044