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Mangroves. Dr. Thomas Smith III, prominent mangrove scientist and research director for the Rookery Bay National Estuarine Sanctuary in Naples, FL, collaborated with the Belize Zoo in the design of a laboratory for the zoo's planned Savannahlands biological station. While in Belize, Dr. Smith also conducted a teachers' environmental education workshop sponsored by the Smithsonian Institution.

Waste Water. Through an innovative program involving local students, the Tobago Community Water Watch Network sought assistance in identifying and developing low-cost residential waste treatment systems. Florida Department of Environmental Protection engineer, Greg Brown of Tallahassee, consulted with members of the Network and local government on how to identify sources of pollution and determine locally appropriate systems for control.

Forestry. Haitian Mayor, Pierre Normil of L'arcahaie, in collaboration with Operation Green Leaves, hosted training in tree grafting in the North Coast of Haiti and developed an environmental program designed to provide economic incentives that are alternatives to turning trees into charcoal.

Coral Reefs. Kathleen Sullivan, assistant professor of marine biology at the University of Miami, consulted with the Dominican Republic National Planning Office on how to develop a management plan for coastal areas of the country. Her focus included classification and characterization of the coral reefs. She also carried out initial oceanographic surveys and water quality sampling in an effort to help develop a long-term plan to address reef degradation.

Fisheries. Woodard Miley, administrator of the nation's largest estuarine reserve, the Apalachicola National Estuarine Research Reserve, applied his expertise in the Crooked Tree Wildlife Sanctuary in Northwestern Belize. Mr. Miley established a water quality monitoring system and recommended implementation of a catch monitoring system, the establishment of fishing zones, and assessment of aquacultural activities in the sanctuary.

Parks. Corps volunteers Ney Landrum, former chief of Florida Parks, and Mike Bullock, chief, Bureau of Design and Construction for the Florida Division of Recreation and Parks, provided technical assistance for the Belize Audubon Society in park design and trail construction for a visitors' center at the Stann Creek Wildlife Reserve.

Museums. CEBSE (Centro Para la Conservación y Ecodesarollo de la Bahia Samana y Su Entorno, Inc.) is a conservation organization near Samana Bay in the northeast Dominican Republic that recently constructed a Nature Center and Museum. Needed was assistance in interior space allocation as well as training in using color and light for the best presentation of museum items and collections. Volunteers LaVerne Wells-Bowie, architecture professor at Florida A & M University, Tallahassee, and colleague, Carmina Sanchez del Valle, provided the expertise.

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