South Florida Wildlands Association (SFWA) was founded in March of 2010 to protect the unparalleled beauty and biodiversity of the greater Everglades. Please help us carry out this important work. SFWA is recognized as a 501(c)(3) organization by the Internal Revenue Service. All gifts are tax-deductible to the full extent of the law. Donations can be made via Paypal’s secure server by clicking here:
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South Florida Wildlands Association
P.O. Box 30211
Ft. Lauderdale, FL 33303
Your donation in any amount supports the following conservation initiatives:
The Florida Panther
Florida’s beloved state animal, the Florida panther, remains on the brink of extinction. Once found throughout the southeast United States, the panther was aggressively hunted as a threat to livestock while much of its habitat was converted to farms and housing. SFWA works aggressively to protect the quality of the panther’s remaining habitat—all of it now in south Florida. Our strategies include expansion and protection of public lands, the creation of conservation easements on private lands, limitations on roads and development in areas occupied by the panther, and vigorous enforcement of the Endangered Species Act. In addition to being classified as an “apex predator”, the panther is also considered an “umbrella species” and “keystone species”. Protecting habitat for the panther benefits numerous native plants and animals which are a part of the same ecosystem.
Covering approximately 2.5 million acres, South Florida’s four national park units—Biscayne, Everglades, and Dry Tortugas National Parks and Big Cypress National Preserve—provide unique habitat for a significant number of threatened and endangered species.
Unfortunately, pollution from outside park borders has found its way in, seriously degrading the natural ecosystems these special places were established to protect. Inside park and preserve boundaries, excessive and ever expanding motorized recreation has damaged soils, vegetation, seagrass beds, and coral reefs, disturbing wildlife and eroding the value of these lands as habitat in the process.
Consistent with the Organic Act of 1916 and all subsequent National Park Service legislation, SFWA advocates for management policies which put protection of natural resources first.
The River of Grass
The life blood of the historic Everglades was the free flow of water from the Kissimmee River to Lake Okeechobee to the estuaries of Florida and Biscayne Bays. However, years of canal building and diversion of water for agriculture and cattle grazing, as well as for the daily needs of millions of south Floridians and tourists, have left the Everglades on life support. Pollution in the form of agricultural chemicals, cattle waste, human sewage and urban runoff has further damaged the ecosystem. A multi-billion dollar economy based on fishing, hunting, boating, hiking and wildlife viewing is at risk of disappearing. SFWA supports Everglades restoration efforts which focus on public acquisition of agricultural and cattle lands for both water treatment and storage projects in addition to recovery of habitat. We also support a halt on new development on dwindling natural lands by encouraging new growth only inside existing urban and suburban boundaries.
These goals are accomplished through advocacy, educational talks and, where necessary, litigation. In the near future we will also be providing free outings to introduce the general public to some of south Florida’s unique natural places. Please help us accomplish our work with a donation today.
Seemingly never-ending proposals to drill for oil off Florida’s Gulf coast and inside the Big Cypress National Preserve, expanded nuclear power generators on the shores of Biscayne Bay, and massive new powerline corridors across the eastern edge of Everglades National Park, threaten the greater Everglades in ways never seen before.
SFWA advocates for energy conservation and clean energy solutions to protect native plants and wildlife and build a sustainable economy for the greater Everglades.
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