The U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service already has implemented almost all of the recommendations we made to them concerning recovery plans for the birds.
impact statement issue
The Everglades Restoration has a price tag in the hundreds of billions of dollars. No lack of scientific attention has been given to it, yet that science is not well-coordinated and various political factions have sought to commandeer science to their ends. Our purpose was to make the scientific process transparent to the Task Force and to differentiate scientific knowledge from political choices.
impact statement response
Our report and presentation were extremely well-received by the Task Force and audience.
impact statement summary
The Florida Everglades is arguably the best known and most distinctive complex of wetlands in the United States. It also is one of the most politically charged set of wetlands of the United States. In addition to teaching about it in my courses, I also have served on three committees of the National Research Council charge with scientific oversight of the huge federal/state restoration plan. Recently I worked with an independent scientific team to review the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service's recovery plans for four species of endangered Everglades birds. After completing the report, three other members of the team and I traveled to Miami to speak to the Everglades Task Force and numerous members of the media and public on our findings. The Task Force is the large political body that oversees the restoration. It consists of representatives from local governments, state and federal agencies, private conservation organizations, the Miccosukee Tribe of Native Americans, and citizens.