The Coastal Dune Lake Watershed | Connected by Fire and Wate

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The Coastal Dune Lake Watershed | Connected by Fire and Wate

The Atlanta Botanical Garden and the Florida State Park Service are collaborating to restore the watersheds of coastal dune lakes. Funded by the Gulf Environmental Benefit Fund, the restoration is aimed at benefitting snowy plovers, shorebirds that nest on the outfalls of the lakes. But for the plovers to have healthy nesting habitat, the system needs healthy fire dependent uplands and prairies.

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Rob Diaz de Villegas is a senior producer for television at WFSU Public Media, covering outdoors and ecology. After years of producing the music program OutLoud, Rob found himself in a salt marsh with a camera, and found a new professional calling as well. That project, the National Science Foundation funded "In the Grass, On the Reef," spawned the award-winning WFSU Ecology Blog. Now in its tenth year, the Ecology Blog recently wrapped its most ambitious endeavor, the EcoCitizen Project.

Rob is married with two young sons, who make a pretty fantastic adventure squad.