Wetland Prairie and Pineland Restoration
From 1918 until 1975 an area in Everglades National Park, known as the “Hole-in-the-Donut” was farmed. The disturbed ground left behind, was quickly dominated by a dense stand of introduced Brazilian pepper. Since 1997, a large-scale restoration effort has been underway to remove the Brazilian pepper and it’s seed bank, making the area suitable for native plants and animals. Restored areas are now home to 15 species of fish, 30 species of reptiles and amphibians, 90 species of birds and 8 species of mammals! Become an integral part of this exciting restoration project by removing Brazilian pepper and/or planting pine seedlings.
Did You Know?
Over fifty-nine color varieties of the Liguus Tree Snail have been seen in and around the Everglades ecosystem. They graze on the algae and lichen that grows on smooth-barked trees. During the dry winter months, they are usually sealed to these trees to conserve moisture.