Pine rockland forests, which provide habitat for rare and imperiled species, are increasingly scarce in South Florida outside of Everglades National Park. Due to relentless development, they have been reduced to just 2 percent of their original acreage.
Now a developer wants to destroy some of the last remaining 88 acres to make room for yet another strip mall, leaving dozens of plant and animal species defenseless and homeless. The only thing standing in the way of this destruction is still-pending permission from the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service. We need to stop this from happening.
Please join us for a workshop on Tuesday, April 25, from 6 to 8 p.m. at the Deering Estate to learn more about the development project and what you can do to defend Miami's pine rockland and the species that depend on it, including the Florida bonneted bat, Florida leafwing butterfly, Miami tiger beetle and Bartram's scrub-hairstreak butterfly. At the end of the workshop you'll have the chance to write a personalized letter to the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service urging it to protect our natural heritage.
The workshop is hosted by the Center for Biological Diversity, Tropical Audubon, Miami Pine Rocklands Coalition and The Institute for Regional Conservation. Presenters will include Jaclyn Lopez, the Center's Florida director. Refreshments will be provided. RSVP here.
If you can't attend the workshop, take a moment now to tell the Service you don't support destroying precious pine rockland forest for development.