Letter to the Editor: Everglades restoration is worth

From Dawn Shirreffs, of the Northern Everglades Coalition: Everglades restoration is worth the effort. Everglades restoration projects create jobs and stimulate the economy of South Florida, in addition to saving a national treasure.

Click here to read the full letter to the editor in the Miami Herald.

Statement from Mary Barley on the negative impact of Big Sugar in the Everglades

Not only is Big Sugar harming the Florida Everglades, it is also costing US consumers about $4 billion a year in a sugar food tax. This statement from Mary Barley, founder of the Everglades Trust, outlines all of the damages caused by Big Sugar and what you can do to work for change. (SugarReform.org)

Everglades Foundation to host Tallahassee summit

The Everglades Foundation will host a two-day long water supply summit on January 17th & 18th. The summit will take place in Tallahassee, hosted by NBC News’ Chuck Todd.

Follow this link to read more from the Palm Beach Post’s Post on Politics blog.

Audubon encouraged by $40 million for Everglades in proposed 2012 budget

In sharp contrast to the $17 million set aside for the Everglades in the 2011 budget, Scott has proposed that $40 million be directed to restoration efforts in the budget for fiscal year 2012. In addition, Florida Forever is proposed to receive $15 million, when they received nothing from the 2011 budget.

Click here to read the full article from the Sunshine State News.

After layoffs, South Florida Water Management District is hiring again

The South Florida Water Management District posted 15 new job openings on its website, prompting questions from many South Florida residents.

Click here to read the full article from TCPalm.com.

Lodging plan for Flamingo area of Everglades National Park continues to evolve

Park Service Director Jon Jarvis and park planner Fred Herling have discussed the original plan for two lodges and have chosen to entirely revamp the lodging plan. What they are changing it to is still under discussion.

Click here to read the full article from the National Parks Traveler.

Court sides with environmentalists, rules against Palm Beach County rock mine

Florida’s Fourth District Court of Appeals ruled on Wednesday against a potential rock mine on land long considered prime for Everglades restoration.

Click here to read the full article from the Sun Sentinel.

If you had the power to keep Roseate Spoonbills nesting in the Everglades, would you?

That is the question the Audubon of Florida is asking. Follow this link to read more about the plight of the Roseate Spoonbill, and what you can do to help the birds. (Audubon of Florida)

Why we need to save the soul of South Florida

University of Florida ecology professor Frank Mazzotti explains why the Everglades are so pivotal to the ecology and economy of South Florida, and what needs to be done to protect the River of Grass.

Click here to read the full article from the Huffington Post.

The Everglades: A Capitol crime by the Florida Legislature

The Everglades: a Capitol crime by the Florida legislature (St Petersburg Times)