The Fort Pickens Aquatic Preserve is among those highlighted in a new state map highlighting Florida watery natural treasures.
The Florida Department of Environmental Protection’s Florida Coastal Office presents an online interactive story map that takes visitors on a virtual tour of the state’s 41 aquatic preserves through pictures, videos and website links.
“The aquatic preserve story map provides a captivating way for the public and government officials to learn about each aquatic preserve and the great things being accomplished by Florida Coastal Office staff and volunteers across the state,” said Chris Robertson, GIS coordinator for the Florida Coastal Office. “This map is an incredible tool that can be used to teach Florida residents about the natural beauty found right in their backyard.”
This interactive mapping project was created to educate the public about the diverse ecosystems found across the state and to encourage public support and community involvement in the aquatic preserves.
Approximately two-thirds of Floridians live in counties that border an aquatic preserve. The Yellow River Marsh Preserve also is featured.
The map is hosted on the Florida DEP’s ArcGIS online gallery, found here.