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I am not a lover of lawns. Rather would I see daisies in their thousands, ground ivy, hawkweed, and even the hated plantain with tall stems, and dandelions with splendid flowers and fairy down, than the too-well-tended lawn.

~W.H. Hudson
The Book of a Naturalist, 1919
Wildlife and Habitat

Roadways crisscross Central Florida and uplands have been converted to housing developments, citrus groves and other agricultural uses. Sandhills and scrub habitats are a tiny fraction of their original area. Wetlands while receiving more protection that uplands, are now fragmented isolated pockets without access to adjacent uplands. Alterations to the natural water cycle interrupt nesting and breeding times and the ability to provide sufficient food supplies. Climate change threatens links between interdependent species and may disrupt entire plant and animal communities.

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The Central Florida Group recognizes that habitat simplification, fragmentation, degradation, elimination and climate change pose the greatest threats to the continued well-being of healthy/wildlife and plant ecosystems and biodiversity. Measures to counteract this trend must increase on both public and private land, and include whole ecosystems regardless of jurisdictional and political boundaries. Everyone in Central Florida should be involved to help develop and implement wildlife and plant conservation measures that protect ecosystems and our wildlife heritage.

The key to wildlife and native habitat conservation is the continued existence of diverse natural communities and the preservation of native biodiversity. The Sierra Club is committed to maintaining Central Florida's remaining natural ecosystems — marine, aquatic and terrestrial. Where feasible, the Sierra Club is also committed to restoring and rehabilitating to a natural condition those ecosystems that are presently degraded by human activities.

Below you will find a number of articles, essays, activities and news related to this issue.  If you know of any relevant news or want to submit content regarding this topic, please don't hesitate to contact the appropriate Committe Member .  Thanks.

 

Date Item Title Author Hits
Thursday, September 15 2011 Judge Backs Deal on Imperiled Species Marjorie Holt 904
Tuesday, June 7 2011 BLACK BEAR ALERT Marjorie Holt 2555
Wednesday, March 16 2011 Florida Panther Tracks found outside Orlando Marjorie Holt 1050
Friday, February 25 2011 Help Back to Nature with a donation Marjorie Holt 1435
Thursday, February 17 2011 Reintroduce the Florida Panther Marjorie Holt 947
Tuesday, October 26 2010 Fall Owl Fest 2010 John Muir 1027
Sunday, October 17 2010 TAKE ACTION: PROTECT THE WEKIVA RIVER Marjorie Holt 1591
Wednesday, September 15 2010 ACTION ALERT/PROTECT THE FLORIDA BLACK BEAR FROM HUNTING Marjorie Holt 1760
Friday, June 25 2010 Florida Panther Family Marjorie Holt 1291
Tuesday, May 18 2010 A Potential Turning Point in the Gulf Marjorie Holt 1025
Tuesday, May 18 2010 Parterning to Preserve Florida Marjorie Holt 1078
Thursday, April 22 2010 Take Action: Change Canada's Blind Eye to Sustainable Fishing Practices/Slaughter of Baby Seals Marjorie Holt 1343
Saturday, April 10 2010 Take Action: Support Florida Forever Marjorie Holt 1643
Tuesday, March 30 2010 Endangered Species Day Marjorie Holt 1254
Sunday, March 21 2010 INTERIOR SECRETARY CHAMPIONED NATIONAL PARKS Marjorie Holt 1109
Friday, March 19 2010 Everglades Restoration Marjorie Holt 1005
Tuesday, February 23 2010 Florida Forever Take A Hike Marjorie Holt 1104
Friday, February 19 2010 PANTHER HABITAT - Five Conservation Groups Sue USFWS Marjorie Holt 1146
Wednesday, February 17 2010 Native Wildflowers in the Landscape: How to Select, Plan & Establish Marjorie Holt 2210
Thursday, January 21 2010 The Oakland Nature Preserve - 2nd Annual Open House Marjorie Holt 1526
Thursday, January 21 2010 The History of the Lake Apopka Basin Marjorie Holt 2820
Tuesday, November 10 2009 Meaningful Conservation - The gist: St. Johns water managers should resist Orange County's threats Marjorie Holt 1738
Tuesday, July 21 2009 Specialty License Tags Benefit the Environment sonia stephens 1764
Friday, July 10 2009 CYPRESS MULCH Why kill a tree to grow a flower? Marjorie Holt 2105
Friday, May 15 2009 SJRWMD/Proposes Rules to Amend or Release Conservation Easements Marjorie Holt 1772
Monday, April 27 2009 What panthers need most: central counties' corridors Marjorie Holt 1922
Monday, April 13 2009 Urban farming makes a comeback sonia stephens 1446
Sunday, January 25 2009 Turn Your Yard Into a Wildlife Refuge Marjorie Holt 1548
Thursday, January 22 2009 Will Manatees Fuel Water War? Marjorie Holt 1360
Sunday, January 18 2009 Panther Update Marjorie Holt 1491
Wednesday, November 19 2008 A RESOUNDING VOTE FOR OPEN SPACE Marjorie Holt 1450
Tuesday, November 4 2008 WILDLIFE VIEWING IN FLORIDA'S CENTRAL REGION Marjorie Holt 2192
Tuesday, November 4 2008 THE BEES NEEDS/HONEY BEES ARE MYSTERIOUSLY VANISHING ACROSS THE COUNTRY Marjorie Holt 1815
Tuesday, January 1 2008 Endangered Species Clusters John Muir 2100
Sunday, December 30 2007 The right way to attract wildlife John Muir 2016
Sunday, December 30 2007 Protecting wild Florida John Muir 2064
Sunday, December 30 2007 Troubled waters for manatees? John Muir 2024
Sunday, December 30 2007 Sea turtles' survival depends on us John Muir 1747
Sunday, December 30 2007 Wildlife less wild John Muir 1778
Sunday, December 30 2007 Cypress trees to mulch John Muir 1821
Sunday, December 30 2007 Can marinas go green? John Muir 1745
Sunday, December 30 2007 Using bugs to fight invasives John Muir 1756
Friday, December 7 2007 Business Lobby Presses Agenda Before 08 Vote Cecilia Height 1218
Friday, December 7 2007 Manatees Remain on the Endangered Species List Cecilia Height 1780
Sunday, December 2 2007 Wildlife in your Backyard John Muir 2015
 
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