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Pre-Conference Field Trip 5


Friday September 28 – Saturday September 29, 2012

Everglades Restoration, Florida

Experimental Mesocosms at South Florida Water Management District Stormwater Treatment Wetlands, Florida Everglades Florida Everglades—“River of Grass” x Click on the image to enlarge

General Background

Known as the “river of grass”, the Everglades and Everglades National Park encompass the largest tract of wilderness east of the Rocky Mountains and protect more subtropical land and water than anywhere else in the United States. The Everglades ecosystems include sawgrass marshes and sloughs, tropical hardwood hammocks, pinelands, cypress and mangrove swamps and coastal prairies, and are home to many rare and endangered species, such as the West Indian manatee and American crocodile. It is one of the most significant corridors and stopovers for migrating species and it is home to the largest mangrove ecosystem in the Western hemisphere. The Everglades have been designated a World Heritage Site, International Biosphere Reserve and RAMSAR Wetland of International Importance, significant to all people of the world.

Since the early 1900s the Everglades have been adversely affected by drainage and flood control projects, agricultural runoff, urban development, climate change and invasive species.

Restoration efforts are being implemented in accordance with The Comprehensive Everglades Restoration Plan, approved in 2000 with an initial budget of US$8 billion.

The Florida Everglades Tour will begin in the vibrant, cosmopolitan city of Miami. The two-day excursion will include exploration of the Florida Everglades National Park and Florida Coastal Everglades Long-Term Ecological Research Station. On the second day, learn about the large-scale restoration efforts being undertaken by Federal and State agencies and the South Florida Water Management District.

Tour Highlights

  • South Florida Water Management District – Everglades restoration efforts, including large-scale stormwater treatment areas (STAs) and the Loxahatchee Impoundment Landscape Assessment (LILA) Laboratory.
  • Florida Everglades National Park – World Heritage Site, International Biosphere Reserve and RAMSAR Wetlands.
  • Florida Coastal Everglades LTER – Ecosystem research

Cost: US$150
(Includes transportation, lunches and admission fees both days)

  • Lodging for base hotel is not included in cost
  • Contact base hotel to make your own reservation if you wish to stay there.
  • Dinner for 2 days (Friday and Saturday) not included in cost

Base Hotel:
Hyatt Place Miami Airport – West Doral
3655 NW 82nd Avenue
Miami, Florida 33166
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Field trip departure time from base hotel:
Transportation will leave from base hotel at 8 am Friday 28 September and Saturday 29 September.

Min/Max Participants: 12/54

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For Additional Information:

Lynn McCready
OSU EcoSummit Coordinator
Olentangy River Wetland Research Park
The Ohio State University
352 W. Dodridge Street
Columbus, Ohio  43202  USA
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