An Ecological Approach for Restoration of the Everglades Fen
One of the monumental environmental achievements in the US over the past 100 years was the consensus reached among local, state, and federal agencies – in addition to the agricultural, conservation, Native American, and development communities – to adopt and endorse the Comprehensive Everglades Restoration Plan (CERP). Everglades restoration is now well underway, but its success still rests to a major degree on our understanding and successful translation of scientific findings into meaningful restoration guidelines. However, restoration is a young science. Knowledge of how to restore wetland communities and ecosystem components with appropriate surface and subsurface hydrologic conditions and nutrient loadings is limited (Zedler 2000). Thus, disagreements on how to proceed will occur, and mistakes will be made, which means that we must be ready to “alter course” as new data on successes and failures become available. As I often say to my students, wetland restoration is not rocket science – it is far more difficult.
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