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2009-07-01 06:40:37

Extinction looms for amphibians, reptiles, mammals, and birds restricted to declining mangrove forests More than 40 percent of a sample of amphibians, reptiles, mammals, and birds that are restricted to mangrove ecosystems are globally threatened with extinction, according to an assessment published in the July/August issue of BioScience. The study, by David A. Luther of the University of Maryland and Russell Greenberg of the Smithsonian Migratory Bird Center, was based on an extensive...

2009-06-23 16:29:58

Observers in South Florida say 2009 has been a good year for the wood stork, with an estimated 3,500 young birds expected to fledge. Last year, no young birds survived in a season when the area was hit by a drought, the Miami Herald reported. Scientists say that may have sent potential parents into overdrive this year. ''We haven't seen this kind of nesting efforts and eggs laid since the 1930s,'' said Dean Powell, of the South Florida Water Management District. The storks, which were down...

2009-05-01 11:45:00

WEST PALM BEACH, Fla., May 1 /PRNewswire/ -- Florida Crystals Corporation welcomes the much-needed $96 million from the Federal Government announced this week that will be used for immediate construction of Everglades restoration projects. "We are encouraged to see the Federal Government living up to its commitment to Everglades restoration," said Gaston Cantens, Vice President of Florida Crystals. "And, more importantly, with so many restoration projects on hold, we are optimistic the...

2009-04-20 10:49:00

WEST PALM BEACH, Fla., April 20 /PRNewswire/ -- As South Florida experiences its third driest season on record dating back to 1932, a new, independent study funded by a grant from the Community Foundation for Palm Beach and Martin Counties lays out four water scenarios for the area's future - all of them urgent. The study, set for official release on Monday April 27 at 8:00 a.m. during a breakfast conference of media, environmental organizations and local government representatives at the...

2009-04-17 13:05:00

DEERFIELD BEACH, Fla., April 17 /PRNewswire/ -- Moving Water Industries (www.mwicorp.com) announced today that they had won a competitive request for proposal and had signed a second major contract with the South Florida Water Management District. MWI will supply critically needed pumps by December 2010 for the District's Everglades Restoration Project. MWI signed the first major contract to supply pumps for the District's Everglades Restoration project in November 2008. The pumping system to...

2009-04-10 12:43:00

U.S. wildlife managers say they're checking the health of eight rare plants found only in Florida's Everglades National Park and Miami-Dade County. The plants are so rare they must be examined in their natural habitat every five years, as required by the U.S. endangered-species law, The Miami Herald reported Friday. The mostly tiny species include sandlace, snakeroot, wireweed, fragrant prickly-apple, Key tree cactus, Lewton's polygala, pygmy fringe-tree and scrub blazingstar, the Herald...

2009-04-01 12:42:00

WEST PALM BEACH, Fla., April 1 /PRNewswire/ -- Florida Crystals has learned today of the new deal announced between U.S. Sugar Corp. and the State of Florida and is carefully analyzing the details. Florida Crystals is hopeful the new deal will refocus efforts on the connection between Lake Okeechobee and the Everglades. Florida Crystals owns the parcels comprising the missing link within this "sweet spot" identified by Governor Crist and will continue to work with the Governor to complete...

2009-03-10 17:55:30

Declining tax revenues in Florida have put a $13.4 billion environmental land acquisition at risk, the state Senate's chief budget representative said. Republican state Sen. J.D. Alexander questioned whether the state can afford this deal, The Miami Herald reported Tuesday. The South Florida Water Management District, which draws funding from property tax revenues, may have trouble paying the estimated $100 million annual debt payments required in a deal to purchase land from U.S. Sugar Corp....

2009-02-22 14:52:54

Florida Crystals, which is trying to block a proposed land deal that would benefit rival U.S. Sugar, is seeking to buy its rival's assets, the companies say. Despite employing lobbyists to work against a proposal by Florida Gov. Charlie Crist for the state to buy $1.34 billion in environmentally important croplands from U.S. Sugar, Florida Crystals is hedging its bets by negotiating to buy key assets from its competitor, The Miami Herald reported Sunday. Florida's two largest sugar growers...

2009-02-09 17:19:12

Exotic fish threaten native species in Florida's Everglades but marine biologists say the threat is hard to assess because the invasive species are underwater. Walking catfish and other species pose a threat much greater than the python, the Everglades' most notorious invasive species, The Miami Herald reported Monday "This is a problem that is 10 times worse than the python, but it's all under water, so nobody knows about it,'' said Dave Hallac, the park's chief biologist. Since 2000, park...


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Everglades National Park
2013-04-18 00:57:02

Everglades National Park is located in the state of Florida in the United States. The park holds 1,508,538 acres of land and holds twenty percent of the original Everglades. This park is the third largest national park in the lower forty-eight states. The area was once inhabited by Native American tribes, like the Calusa and Tequesta peoples, and the Seminole people, a mixture of Creek people, escaped African slaves, and other Native Americans, known as the Seminole Nation. Most of this tribe...

Biscayne National Park
2013-04-17 23:58:18

Biscayne National Park is located in the southern area of Florida in the United States. The park holds 172,971 acres, of which ninety-five percent consists of water. Native Americans first inhabited the area when water levels were low in the Biscayne Bay. Evidence has been found in the area supporting the inhabitance of other Native Americans, like the Tequesta people, from at least 2,500 years ago. European settlement did not occur in the area until the 19th century, when farmers settled on...

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2009-02-28 22:49:00

Paurotis Palm (Acoelorrhaphe wrightii) also known as Everglades Palm, Madiera Palm, and Silver Saw Palmetto, is a single species of plant from the genus Acoelorrhaphe. It is native to Central America, southeastern Mexico, the Caribbean, the Bahamas, and extreme southern Florida. It was once plentiful in Florida, but many plants were taken for the nursery trade. It is now protected in Florida in the wild. It grows in swamps and forests that flood periodically. The species is named after the...

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