“Bite-Size Bits of Local, National, and Global History”
“Bite-Size Bits of Local, National, and Global History”
Fort Myers in Lee County, Florida — The American South (South Atlantic)

The South Florida Ecosystem

A century and a half of change…

The South Florida Ecosystem Marker image. Click for full size.
By Sandra Hughes, October 16, 2015
1. The South Florida Ecosystem Marker
South Florida Restoration Project:
Working to save an ecosystem at risk…

At one time, water moved through the Everglades in vast, shallow flow, which led Marjory Stoneman Douglas to call the Everglades: “River of Grass.”
The South Florida Restoration Projects sets into action a multi-agency plan to restore a significant portion of the Everglades and its watershed. Many events during the past 100 years have led to the destruction of the ecological richness and diversity of South Florida ecosystem. Canals and levees, water conversation areas, exotic plants, drainage of wetlands, urban development and the agricultural industry have forever altered the natural balance between water and land, placing the native vegetation and wildlife of the ecosystem at risk.

Redfish Point 1944…
Redfish Point 1999…

Cooperative Conversation across Counties:
The U. S. Fish & Wildlife Services is working with other states and federal agencies to save the South Florida ecosystem. The Fish & Wildlife Service administers more than a dozen national wildlife refuges in South Florida. Funding from the Restoration Project is used in a variety of ways, including :
• Purchasing environmentally sensitive land
• Protection of threatened and endangered species
• Migratory bird management
• Habitat conservation
• Control of exotic species
• Law enforcement personnel
• Public awareness and environmental education

As a member of the South Florida Ecosystem Restoration Task Force, the U.S. Fish & Wildlife Service will continue to work on important Everglades restoration activities.
Location. 26° 41.59′ N, 81° 46.654′ W. Marker is in Fort Myers, Florida, in Lee County. Marker is on Palm Beach Boulevard. Touch for map. Marker is located inside park. Marker is at or near this postal address: 10901 Palm Beach Blvd, Fort Myers FL 33905, United States of America.
Other nearby markers. At least 8 other markers are within walking distance of this marker. Explore Southwest Florida Naturally! (here, next to this marker); The Florida Manatee (here, next to this marker); Why do Manatees Come to Manatee Park ? (here, next to this marker); Other Visitors to Manatee Park (here, next to this marker); Freshwater Wetlands Habitat (here, next to this marker); The Anatomy of a Manatee (here, next to this marker); The Manatee-Human Comparison (here, next to this marker); Manatee Island (here, next to this marker). Touch for a list and map of all markers in Fort Myers.
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Credits. This page was last revised on August 30, 2017. This page originally submitted on August 7, 2017, by Sandra Hughes of Killen, Usa. This page has been viewed 69 times since then and 10 times this year. Photo   1. submitted on August 7, 2017, by Sandra Hughes of Killen, Usa. • Bill Pfingsten was the editor who published this page.
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