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South Florida Wildlands Association (SFWA) was founded in March of 2010 to protect the unparalleled beauty and biodiversity of the greater Everglades. For over 10,000 years the home of diverse groups of native Americans including the Calusa, Tequesta, Mayaimi and later the Seminole and Miccosukee in south Florida has seen waves of newcomers come and go. Spain, England, the United States, and the Confederate States, have all staked claims here. In the modern era massive migrations from all directions have created a cultural melting pot of incredible richness and vitality.

But the recent explosion of south Florida’s population in the Metro area of Miami, Ft. Lauderdale, and Palm Beach is today the most populous urban area in the southeastern United States and the seventh largest in the nation ñ has come at a heavy price. Many of south Florida’s native ecosystems have been completely transformed by agriculture, commercial and residential development, roads, canals, seaports, airports, and rock mines. Even its most protected natural areas, four units of the National Park Service containing a mix of habitats and wildlife found nowhere else on earth, have not escaped degradation as a result of outside pollutants and high impact motorized recreation.

SFWA is a local not-for-profit organization committed to aggressively defending what remains of one of our planets most unique natural areas. Join us on these pages (some still under construction) and explore these special places. Learn more about the various threats and challenges the greater Everglades faces today. Find out also what you can do to help.

Stay informed. Our new Facebook Page is updated on an almost daily basis. Like us and you’ll receive updates as they are posted. Find us here.

South Florida Wildlands Association also sends out occasional emails and action alerts on important wildlife habitat issues in the greater Everglades. Generally about one per month. Please send an email to:

southfloridawild@yahoo.com

to be added to our mailing list.