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Help MRC Plant More Mangroves!

MRC Giving Tuesday, November 28, 2023

Unfortunately, due to shoreline development and human activities, Florida has lost most of its mangrove populations. Since 1950, we have lost 75% of mangroves in the Indian River Lagoon. Now, let’s help restore Florida’s invaluable native “Walking Trees” that serve as nature’s superheroes, providing a wealth of benefits to the environment and our coastal communities.

With your support, the Marine Resources Council pledges to plant one mangrove for every $20 raised with this fundraiser to help restore vital mangrove ecosystems, especially in the Indian River Lagoon.

 

Please Click Here to Make Your Gift Today.

 

You may also donate by check payable to the Marine Resources Council. In the memo, indicate “Giving Tuesday Mangroves.” Please remit to 3275 Dixie Hwy NE, Palm Bay, FL 32905.

The MRC Restoration & Mangrove Team is pleased to announce that since January 1, 2023, over 1,250 MRC mangroves have been deployed, and thousands more cultivated for future shoreline restoration projects. We are excited to see what we can accomplish in 2024 with your support.

 

Please scroll down to learn more about the magic of mangroves.

 

 

MRC Mangrove Nursery – Palm Bay, FL

 

 

MRC Mangrove Nursery – Sebastian, FL

 

 

How many mangroves can you grow at home? This many? Yes, you can grow mangroves at home for future restoration projects. Please respond to this email if you are interested (with contact info: first and last name, cell phone, email, and mailing address). Thank you!

 

 

MRC Restoration Mangroves Love Shipping Out to Their New Homes! Yes, we ship Florida’s most native walking trees by the truckload thanks to our sponsors PLF Logistics, Four C’s Nursery, and Seman’s Tree Service.

 

 

By far, the best mangrove farmers are usually little.

Please provide an annual donation now and help make possible the change that is necessary to restore Florida’s most native trees.

 

Please Click Here to Make Your Gift Today.

 

Why Mangroves Matter:

Protecting Coastlines: Mangroves act as a natural barrier, shielding coastal areas from erosion, storm surges, and hurricanes. They stabilize shorelines and protect communities from the devastating impact of extreme weather events. A 4’x4′ section of mangroves can reduce a 2-foot wave into nothing -pretty impressive.

Biodiversity Hotspots: These unique ecosystems serve as nurseries for countless marine species, supporting diverse aquatic life. Mangroves provide a habitat for fish, crabs, birds, and other wildlife crucial to the health of coastal regions.

Carbon Sequestration: Mangroves are remarkable carbon absorbers, storing more carbon per unit area than most tropical forests. By trapping carbon dioxide from the atmosphere, they play a significant role in mitigating climate change.

Most importantly, mangroves play a crucial role in enhancing water quality.

Here’s how they do it:

Filtration: Mangroves act as natural filters. Their intricate root systems trap sediments, pollutants, and excess nutrients from entering the water. By doing so, they prevent these harmful substances from reaching delicate marine ecosystems, thus improving overall water quality.

Nutrient Uptake: Excess nutrients, like nitrogen and phosphorus from agricultural runoff or urban areas, can cause harmful algal blooms and disrupt marine life. Mangroves absorb and process these nutrients, reducing their impact on the water. This process helps maintain a healthier balance within the ecosystem.

Stabilizing Shorelines: Mangroves protect coastal areas from erosion. Their roots hold soil in place, preventing it from washing away into the water. This helps maintain the clarity and quality of the water by preventing sedimentation and turbidity caused by erosion.

Biofiltration: The complex root systems of mangroves are home to a diverse community of microorganisms that break down and remove pollutants, contributing to the purification of water.

By acting as natural purifiers and guardians of coastal regions, mangroves significantly contribute to improving water quality and preserving the health of marine ecosystems. Protecting and restoring mangrove habitats is vital not only for their unique biodiversity but also for the overall health of our planet’s coastal areas.

Your Impact:
For every $20 donated, you’re not just contributing to the planting of a mangrove; you’re nurturing an entire ecosystem. Your generosity will help restore degraded mangrove areas, enhance biodiversity, and protect vulnerable coastlines.

How You Can Help:
Donate: Your contribution of just $20 will fund the planting of one mangrove. Every dollar makes a difference in preserving these invaluable ecosystems.

Spread the Word: Share our cause! Let your friends, family, and colleagues know about the importance of mangroves and how their support can make a lasting impact.

Want to help more? You can help raise awareness and funds by creating your own Facebook Fundraiser to share with your network. Click here to get started.

Volunteer! Click here to get started.

Your generosity today will reverberate through generations, ensuring that critical mangrove habitats thrive for years to come. Together, let’s take a stand for mangroves and create a healthier, more resilient planet.

 

Please Click Here to Make Your Gift Today.

 

Thank you for being a crucial part of our mission.

Warm regards,

Team MRC

 

The Marine Resources Council of East Florida, Inc. (MRC) is a 501(c) (3) nonprofit organization whose mission is to improve water quality and to protect and restore the fish and wildlife resources of the Indian River Lagoon, coastal waters, inshore reefs, and the watershed by advocating and using sound science, education, and the involvement of the public at large.