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This month we’re speaking with Benji Studtof Palm Beach County Environmental Resources Management, or ERM. Benji has been with the ERM since 2006. He is currently an Environmental Program Supervisor in ERM’s Outreach Section.  In addition to outreach activities and public education, his experience includes wetland mitigation administration, and designing, permitting and managing restoration projects on County natural areas.  He also assists with biological monitoring and prescribed fire activities.

00:27 – What is ERM? What do they do?

01:53 – Why the prescribed burns out here? Are they really needed? 

06:17 – Benji tells us about the exciting things happening at the Loxahatchee Slough

10:40 – Benji reminds Jupiter Farmers about all the great things around us (including Cyprus Creek North and South)

13:03 – ERM and Busch Wildlife Sanctuaryhave teamed up in some cool and amazing ways

14:02 – They’ve also partnered with the Palm Beach Zoo& the Avian Research & Conservation Institute

17:06 – They also have many more creative partners in their adopt a natural area program

18:04 – Adventure Awaitsis an awesome program with tons of activities and they are FREE (including a Scary Trail for Halloween on October 25th) 

21:39 – Benji talks about some of the benchmarks he’s seen in the wildlife areas since 2006 (Pine Glades is great for a memorable sunset) 

24:16 – The Loxahatchee River is being restored by ERM and other land management agencies which in turn helps Jupiter Farms 

28:19 – Here are the questions Matt should have asked but didn’t (Benji is apart of an amazing team at ERM)… 

30:42 – Now it’s YOUR turn. Let your government officials know how appreciative you are of ERM’s work and the importance of the land. 

33:23 – COMMUNITY CALENDAR: Jupiter Farms Residents Meeting September 10that 7pm at the Pavilion, SIRWCD Annual Land Owners Meeting September 19th in the Jupiter High School Auditorium, Pre-Order your Christmas Trees from September 15th– October 15th

Check out ERM online at http://discover.pbcgov.org/erm

Follow @PBCERM and @BenjiStudtPhoto on Instagram



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