PRO­TEC­TIONS UR­GENTLY NEEDED

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Early con­ser­va­tion­ists, sci­en­tists and phi­lan­thropists helped es­tab­lish Everglades Na­tional Park in 1947 to pre­serve the nat­u­ral land­scape of South Florida and pre­vent fur­ther degra­da­tion of its flora and fauna. But today, “we need to in­voke ur­gency to do what we can to pro­tect this World Her­itage Site,” Capt. Benny Blanco says. “Many good peo­ple are try­ing to right the ill-ad­vised wa­ter­man­age­ment poli­cies of our past. If we can come to­gether to help Mother Na­ture bring fresh wa­ter back to the park, the fish­ery will re­cover,” he adds. “Nowhere else is the line be­tween hard as­phalt and the raw wilder­ness so nar­row, which is why con­ser­va­tion­ists say that the Everglades is a test. If we pass the test, we just might get to keep our planet — and show our chil­dren’s chil­dren the same amaz­ing tar­pon fish­ery we have today.”

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