Florida Everglades

Senate Passes Florida Forever Funding Package

Jan 31, 2018
MGN Online

Over the last three years, Florida Forever has not been the titan of land preservation it once was. The conservation program has seen significant cutbacks in funding, and has lost its effectiveness in continuing to protect the state’s vast landscape. But, a bill in the Florida Senate reestablishes Florida Forever as the model of land preservation it once was.

Audubon of Florida / http://audubonoffloridanews.org/?p=11408

Florida Senate President Joe Negron is hopeful he’ll win support for a Lake Okeechobee reservoir. But his proposal still faces strong opposition from fellow lawmakers and residents south of the lake.

NC Orchid via flickr / https://www.flickr.com/photos/ncorchid/

The endangered ghost orchid is making a comeback in the Everglades, thanks to a team of Florida scientists.

PETA Criticizes Python Challenge

Jan 6, 2016

Since 2013, the Florida Fish and Wildlife Commission has involved the public in fighting the invasive Burmese python. But the animal rights group PETA is criticizing the effort.

This year's Everglades Action Day is all about clean water conservation. The annual ecological awareness event was kicked off by a special guest singer who flew in all the way from Margaritaville.

It's About Florida: Snakes In The Glades

Jan 18, 2013
Trimmel Gomes

Florida’s “Python Challenge” kicked off on Saturday, drawing 800 python hunters. We tag along with one member of the armed mob set out to tackle the infestation of Burmese pythons in the Everglades. Also, a recap of the highlights of the 28th Annual Everglades Coalition Conference.

Host: Trimmel Gomes

Congressional, state, and environmental leaders are hoping to continue trying to make the Everglades a focus this year. From a bipartisan group of lawmakers working together in Congress to federal and state officials exploring ways to continue their efforts through an open forum, restoring Florida’s River of Grass could take center stage this year.

“It’s something that I’m very passionate about and it’s something that’s a priority for most of the folks in my district.”

PETA Wants Decapitation Ban In Fla. Snake-Hunting Contest

Jan 10, 2013

The state of Florida is gearing up for a massive python hunting contest in the Everglades starting on Saturday. But an animal rights group is calling for the state to ban decapitation as a method of killing the giant snakes.

Decapitation is one of three lethal methods the state has authorized in the Python Challenge. The contest, which has cash prizes, is attracting hunters from all over the U.S. to help the state fight an infestation of non-native Burmese pythons.

Florida’s environment---particularly the Everglades---could be a major topic of discussion in Congress this year. Several Florida Congressmen are partnering on bi-partisan proposals aimed at Everglades restoration.

Freshman Congressman Patrick Murphy, a Democrat who represents South Florida’s House District 18, says he’s hoping to play a role in helping the Environment during his time in Washington.

Federal environmental officials are giving Florida the go-ahead to move forward with a new 12-year plan
to clean up the Everglades.

The new $880-million  plan to improve water quality received a big nod of approval from the U.S.
Environmental Protection Agency. Federal Officials said it represented a significant and historic
milestone in restoring America’s Everglades.

Environmentalists are urging Governor Rick Scott to sign a measure that would designate April 7th as Everglades Day in Florida. As Sascha Cordner reports, the Governor has until Saturday to sign the bill into law.

Dawn Shirreffs is the Everglades Restoration Manager for the National Park Conservation Association. She says environmental groups do not want a repeat of last year when the Everglades and other conservation projects did not get the necessary funds:

Pythons hunt Florida mammals

Jan 31, 2012

A new study published in the Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences shows Pythons and other big snakes are wiping out a huge number of mammals in the Everglades. Florida Public Radio’s Trimmel Gomes reports medium-sized mammals like rabbits and raccoons have all but disappeared from Everglades National Park.