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About the National Estuarine Research Reserve Association
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The National Estuarine Research Reserve Association (NERRA), a national nonprofit organization, was established in 1987 to promote and advance the NERRS. NERRA is dedicated to the protection, understanding, and science-based management of our nation’s estuaries and coasts. The NERRS relies on the support of NERRA to strengthen and expand its successful programs, and to enable this network to better address growing challenges to our nation’s estuaries and coasts. NERRA works with Congress, NOAA, and public and private partners to increase support for research, monitoring, education, and stewardship within the NERRS. NERRA also provides public education and outreach to improve awareness and understanding of the importance of estuaries and coasts. 

Friends of the National Estuarine Research Reserves

Over half of the National Estuarine Research Reserves have a friends group or foundation that provides support on the local level. These Friends Groups are, in many cases, private non-profit citizen organizations established to support and enhance environmental education, stewardship of natural and cultural resources, and scientific research of specific NERRS through volunteer initiatives, citizen involvement, and community partnerships.

Last Updated on: 10-20-2010


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