Environmentally Sensitive Lands Oversight Committee
As a citizen advisor on the Sarasota County Environmentally Sensitive Lands Oversight Committee (ESLOC), Dr. Jennifer Shafer assists County staff in identifying and reviewing environmentally sensitive lands and making public land acquisition recommendations to the County Commission in order to protect natural areas from adverse impacts. This work is facilitated by the Natural Resources Division of Sarasota County.
Environmental Policy Task Force
As a member of the Environmental Policy Task Force, Dr. Jennifer Shafer contributed to recommendations presented to the County Commission on implementation of environmental policy under the County's Comprehensive Plan. Specifically, the Task Force evaluated the 2008 Native Habitat Land Cover Map and Risk Assessment and recommended policy amendments for evaluating Development Proposals under Land Development Regulations and the Comprehensive Plan that help preserve and protect native habitats. This work was facilitated by the Resource Protection Division of Sarasota County.
Policy Recommendations for the Northwest Hawaiian Islands National Marine Sanctuary
The National Marine Sanctuary Program under NOAA required an environmental policy analysis for the designation of the Northwest Hawaiian Islands National Marine Sanctuary, with a particular focus on the compatibility of commercial fishing with the proposed sanctuary. Working documents were prepared summarizing the state of knowledge of the fisheries and related ecological considerations for each of the four commercial fisheries (precious corals, lobster, bottomfish and pelagics), as well as subsistence fishing and marine zoning of the Northwest Hawaiian Islands The analysis resulted in a determination that commercial fishing is incompatible with the goals of the proposed Sanctuary. The Northwest Hawaiian Islands, the most isolated and pristine coral reef ecosystem in the world, has since been designated a National Marine Monument with all commercial fishing phased out. This work was done under contract with Sustainable Resources Group, Intl.
Sarasota County Stormwater Environmental Utility Advisory Committee
As a citizen advisor on the Sarasota County Stormwater Environmental Utility Advisory Committee, Dr. David Shafer supports and advises the Stormwater Environmental Utility in the development of stormwater-related goals and objectives.