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President Nixon's daughter, Julie Eisenhower, and Secretary of the Interior Rogers C.B. Morton waded knee-deep into the Big Cypress Swamp for a first-hand look at the moss-draped wilderness that the president hoped to preserve. Julie, who gamely slogged her way through the swamp, promised that her personal report on the expedition would include advice to "wear boots if he ever comes here himself." Federal purchase would create the Big Cypress National Fresh Water Reserve covering parts of three counties. Assistant Secretary of the Interior Nathaniel P. Reed, a Floridian, accompanied the pair on an airboat ride. Reed hopped out to pick a white-pedaled spider lilly for the President's daughter.
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Card Sound Cleanup
Debris including half-sunken vessels was left behind by squattters and commercial fishermen who for decades have used private land along Card Sound Road in the Keys as an illegal shantytown.
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Returning pilot whales to the ocean, 2003
The volunteers waded chest-deep in mucky water with choice bits of herring, and stood under a blazing sun in wet suits and booties. The 28 pilot whales, the objects of their care and concern, were ready to return soon to the deep blue sea from which they strayed April 18, 2003.
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Joe Browder, activist for the Everglades
Joe Browder is a longtime Everglades advocate and official in the Department of the Interior during the Carter administration. Miami Herald reporter Curtis Morgan credits Browder with coaxing Marjory Stoneman Douglas into the public role she was to play as Florida' preeminent environmentalist. "If not for Browder, who recruited her in the late 1960s into a battle to block a massive jetport planned smack in the middle of the Everglades, Douglas and her celebrated book might well have flickered from the memory of boom-bust, come-go South Florida. Instead, at an age when most people languish in rockers or have been consigned to the ground, Douglas became a movement's voice and a state's environmental conscience."
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Mangrove seedlings painted on freeway underpasses
Paintings of mangrove seedlings began appearing on freeway underpasses in Miami-Dade County in 2004. The project was orchestrated by artist Xavier Cortada in partnership with Hands on Miami.
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The garden of George and Aurora Dalmau
George and Aurora Dalmau added just enough spathiphyllums, ferns, aroid, impatiens and palms to give their small Coral Gables estate a finished look.
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The warming of Florida
While some talk of climate change as a threat to Florida's future, some observers say it is happening here and now. People who study South Florida's environment say global warming is starting to have a significant impact on Florida's fish, fowl and flora.
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Dominican town plagued by birth defects blames U.S. firm
More than 50,000 tons of coal ash laden with heavy metals was left for years at a port abutting a small town in the Dominican Republic. A U.S. power company, politicians, prosecutors, environmental activists and bureaucrats argued about whether it was hazardous to people. Meanwhile, residents got sick.
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Pythons in the Everglades
Until 2000, only about a dozen pythons had ever been documented in the park. The following years documented a steady and disturbing climb. The python problem was initially caused by pet owners no longer able or willing to care for a critter that is capable, potentially, of crushing the life out of them. A few owners have been strangled by overgrown pets. While dumping is still considered a major source of snakes, the larger concern is that a foreign species has not only managed to survive but thrive.
The Burmese are breeding, producing offspring that eat just about anything - and a lot of anything.
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Saving the Miami Circle from development
Preservationists, spiritualists, school children and public officials came together in protests and colorful demonstrations in 1999 to save the Miami Circle from development. The 38-foot-wide circle of holes was discovered in 1998 when the apartments that had covered it for 50 years were demolished. Archaeologists suggested it was the work of an ancient Florida people once residing on the banks of the Miami River in what is now downtown Miami.