To continue our climate change initiative, we hosted a mangrove cleanup in the month of March. Florida is home to an estimated 469,000 acres of mangrove forests (Florida Department of Environmental Protection). Mangroves are vital to our ecosystem because of their many beneficial functions. They protect shorelines, prevent erosion, and filter water, to name a few reasons. Thus, it is important to keep mangroves free of trash and litter so that they continue to maintain stable conditions in our environment.
Together with a group of volunteers, we cleaned a cluster of mangrove trees. We found styrofoam, plastic bags, and bottles amongst other things tangled in the roots of the mangroves. In total, we gathered about six garbage bags worth of trash during our cleanup.
Thank you to everyone that came out and helped us! We look forward to similar projects in the future.