U S Deputy Secretary of the Interior to announce important step forward in Everglades Restoration
Contact: Linda Friar, 305-242-7714
WASHINGTON – Deputy Secretary of the Interior Lynn Scarlett will participate in a ceremony announcing an important step forward in Everglades ecosystem restoration on Friday, December 12, 2008. The ceremony will be held at Shark Valley in Everglades National Park at 10 AM. The Deputy Secretary will announce the Department of the Interior’s initiation and support of an effort to specifically determine additional modifications to the Tamiami Trail that are fundamental to restoring Everglades National Park and the greater Everglades ecosystem.
Remarks will also be provided by George Dunlop, Deputy Assistant Secretary of the Army for Civil Works, Mike Sole, Secretary, Florida Department of Environmental Protection, Eric Buermann, Chairman of the Board of Governors, South Florida Water Management District; Kirk Fordham, Executive Director, Everglades Foundation; David Anderson, Executive Director, Audubon of Florida, and Nathaniel Reed, Everglades Foundation. After the ceremony, the media is invited to join leaders in Everglades restoration on a tram tour that will explore the Park with a Park naturalist to view the resource first hand.
WHO: Deputy Secretary of the Interior Lynn Scarlett, and representatives of the US Army Corps of Engineers; Florida Department of Environmental Protection; South Florida Water Management District; the Everglades Foundation; Audubon of Florida; and the Everglades Foundation.
WHAT: Announce an important step forward in Everglades ecosystem restoration.
WHERE: Shark Valley, Everglades National Park
WHEN: Friday, December 12, 2008, from 10:00 AM – 11:00 AM
MEDIA: All credentialed media are invited to attend
Shark Valley, Everglades National Park
Shark Valley is located on Highway 41 (Tamiami Trail / SW 8th St.) 25 miles west of the Florida Turnpike, exit 25A (from the north) and exit 25 (from the south).
Did You Know?
Everglades National Park is home to over 1,000 species of plants. The Morning Glory pictured here is a native species. However, over 20% of the plants here are non-native. Researchers in the Park are working to remove those that cause the most problems.