Projects supporting our environment, which you may find interesting...
Guardians of the Reef Program
The Guardians of the Reef is a program in collaboration with the Bureau of Statistics and Plans (BSP) and the Guam Department of Education that trains participating high school students to conduct presentations to third grade students in a classroom setting regarding coral reefs, their importance to our environment, the threats they face, and some actions they can take to help preserve these valuable resources.
Humatak Community Foundation: Engaging Southern Guam Residents to Reduce Fire Hazards and Promote Habitat Restoration for Coral Health
The Manell-Geus watershed in southern Guam has long been a priority site for coral reef conservation and restoration. This watershed management plan for this site, developed with significant input from the community and natural resource partners, is the basis for ongoing reforestation projects designed to reduce erosion and control sediment from reaching the surrounding reefs.
In the month of August, the Humatak Community Foundation along with the Bureau of Statistics and Plans (BSP) recruited 18 residents of Merizo and Humatak for the third round of firebreak maintenance located at the Quinene Hill reforestation project site headed by the Guam Forestry Division. A safety briefing was given to the firebreak participants on the 29th of July to ensure that all procedures and safety methods were observed. Firebreak maintenance was then performed over the seventeen acre site across a two week period, from Tuesday to Friday each week, working from 8:00am to 12:00am. Stipends were distributed by the Humatak Foundation one week after the completion of the firebreak maintenance.
During this round of firebreak maintenance, the firebreaks successfully stopped two separate fires from encroaching on the planting site, illustrating that this project’s goals and objectives were met with success.
UOG, Marine Lab: Comprehensive Long-term Coral Reef Monitoring Program
Guam’s comprehensive long-term coral reef monitoring program is an on-going project that involves the long-term monitoring of a suite of coral reef ecosystem health parameters at high priority sites around Guam. Data collection began in 2009 and since then data has been collected at four sites, with the establishment of three additional sites planned for late 2014 and early 2015. The program’s comprehensive approach to ecological monitoring, combined with the high density of samples within a given site, provide unique data critical to understanding changes in condition at these high priority sites and for the effective management of these areas.
UOG, Center for Island Sustainability (CIS)- Building Reef Resilience through Environmental Education
This project implemented by CIS through Department of the Interior, Coral Reef Initiative Grant funding trains students and staff to conduct outreach to the community about coral reefs, recycling, energy conservation, and other topics on sustainability. The purpose of these outreach efforts are to educate the public at different levels about the importance of our coral reefs to our island communities and the devastating effects that climate change has on our reefs.
Eyes of the Reef
The Eyes of the Reef (EOR) Marianas program trains local residents to identify and report coral reef health impacts. For more information on the upcoming Eyes of the Reef training sessions please visit their website at eormarianas.org.
Pig Hunting Derby and Pork in the Park Cook-off
The Pig Hunting Derby and Pork in the Park Cook-off is hosted annually by the Guam Department of Agriculture and BSP together with other partnering agencies as an event to provide a venue to educate the public about invasive species, feral ungulates, and how they negatively affect our environment, as well as teaching safe hunting practices.
Guam Community Coral Reef Monitoring Program
The Guam Community Coral Reef Monitoring Program provides Guam’s community members an opportunity to get involved in protecting our coral reefs. Volunteers are trained to conduct biological surveys to document different species of corals, algae, and macroinvertebrates which are key health indicators for benthic cover on coral reefs. Once volunteers complete the monitoring training, they complete surveys on various reef flats around Guam. Survey data collected by community volunteers will be available online and will also be summarized and presented to reef managers. The Guam Community Coral Reef Monitoring Program aims to encourage stewardship among community members of Guam’s natural resources.
Mapping of Guam’s priority coral reefs to inform management decisions and improve outreach:
Tepungan Bay and Tumon Bay are two of five marine protected areas in Guam. The reefs in these areas support major tourism activities, cultural uses and recreational opportunities for residents and visitors alike. Despite the importance of these areas, neither has been fully mapped to a level of detail sufficient to support proposed management strategies such as use zones and equipment limitations for sensitive areas. This project will address this gap by providing high resolution maps that may be used to create appropriate and effective zones to promote sustainable, responsible use of the area while protecting important natural resources.
Dr. King and Mr. Burdick will work with Dr. Ved Chirayath to collect data over a two-week period between May and August 2018. During that time, Mr. Burdick and his monitoring assistants and Dr. King and her remote sensing research assistants will be shadowing Dr. Chirayath’s team in Guam. Dr. Chirayath will take the collected data back to the Laboratory of Advanced Sensing at NASA Ames Research Center for processing at the super computer and return the final product: high resolution 3D model of the shallow water coral reef ecosystems at the Piti and Tumon Marine Protected Areas.
Tasi Beach Guides
This project will occur primarily in Piti’s Tepungan Park, or “Piti Bombholes,” the most common access point to the Piti Marine Preserve and a major center for commercial dive tours on Guam. The Center for Island Sustainability’s Tasi Beach Guide Program will hire and train staff to conduct human use monitoring at the site, as well as additional outreach efforts to promote responsible recreation on the island’s reefs. The project activities will involve the following:
- The Tasi Beach Guides will work with NOAA’s Coral Management Liaison and the Guam Community Coral Reef Monitoring Program to refine human use monitoring protocols for use at Tepungan Park. Observational surveys will be conducted on a regular basis with an emphasis on the three peak arrival periods in March, August and December.
- Tasi Beach Guides will develop and present outreach material to encourage responsible recreational use. Outreach efforts may include existing festivals and public events, classroom or targeted audience presentations, or direct interactions with beach goers at the Piti site or other heavily used recreational beaches.