You Should Know
Everglades National Park has released its Draft Environmental Impact Statement that will impact whether FPL can build transmission lines inside this World Heritage Site. >> Read our Comments on behalf of the National Parks Conservation Association.
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ELC objects to a proposed “clearcut” on the Apalachicola National Forest. The timber sale would threaten endangered species such as the red cockaded woodpecker and frosted flatwoods salamander. Read our objections: Telogia Objection Letter
ELC and the Conservancy of Southwest Florida submit comments on the U.S. Fish & Wildlife Service’s draft Strategic Growth policy.
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A massive rock mine should not be allowed to eat up Palm Beach County farmland that was once part of the Everglades, a state appeals court ruled Wednesday, August 7.
The decision by Florida’s Fourth District Court of Appeals stops U.S. Sugar Corp. from turning 7,000 acres of its farmland south of Lake Okeechobee into a rock mine.
The ruling was another big victory for environmental groups who have now used the courts to foil plans for at least three rock mining operations, which they argued threatened Everglades restoration.
“It’s a big victory for the Everglades,” said Lisa Interlandi, an attorney for the Everglades Law Center. “This area is intended to remain agricultural and to be available for Everglades restoration.”
Between 2006 and 2010, Palm Beach County approved new or expanded rock mining on 20,000 acres of western farmland, despite environmental concerns.