Rolf Olson is Refuge Manager of the Loxahatchee NWR, Palm Beach County, FL.
Collaborative management with the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service working in partnership with the South Florida Water Management District has failed to eradicate the invasive climbing fern. The federal agency spends $2 million a year, with the state spending approximately the same amount in recent years. This is woefully inadequate. Water quality and the quantity of water flowing into the Everglades are issues no less pressing than is the spread of invasive plants. There is still work to be done by concerned advocates to save the Loxahatchee.
Home of the endangered Everglades Snail Kite, Wood Storks, Mottled Duck, White-tailed Deer, Bobcat, Peninsula Cooter and Florida Softshell, the Loxahatchee National Wildlife Refuge is worthy of your attention.