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?
Though there are likely thousands of alligators in the Everglades, they remain protected because of their close resemblance to the far more endangered American crocodile. Can you identify which this one is?