CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
February 5, 2000 |
Cquvator Gatson, a park ranger with the Santa Monica Mountains National Recreation Area, was granted the Superior Service Award this week by the Department of the Interior for her contributions to the park service interpretation program and for excellence in service. Gatson, 49, who has worked for the National Park Service for more than 16 years, balances duties as an interpretive ranger with training responsibilities and groundbreaking projects.
June 3, 1999 |
They once were one of this nation's most reclusive Indian tribes, a small band of 400 who lived so deep in the Everglades--among the alligators and the saw grass--that few outsiders ever saw them. But next week, the Miccosukee tribe will host what amounts to a coming out party in its wetland home, and everyone is invited.
May 19, 1999 |
Interior Secretary Bruce Babbitt approved a plan to protect the Florida panther, the blue tail mole skink and other endangered animals and plants in the Everglades, calling it the most comprehensive effort of its kind in U.S. history. Such plans usually focus on one threatened plant or animal at a time, or a few species in one ecosystem. The new plan is unprecedented because it covers 68 species living in 23 diverse habitats.
April 21, 1999 |
The flames that have roared through the Everglades, cutting off the region's main east-west highway and casting smoke over Miami, are part of a natural cycle that forestry officials say will actually help renourish the ecosystem. "This is actually like a rebirth process," said John Fish, a spokesman for the state Division of Forestry. "Three months from now you probably won't even be able to tell this burned."
April 20, 1999 |
The major east-west highway across the southern part of Florida was closed for the third straight day Monday as uncontrolled wildfires burning in the Everglades shrouded Interstate 75 with thick black smoke. Motorists planning to use the toll road, called "Alligator Alley," again were forced to make long detours to travel between Miami and Fort Lauderdale on the east coast and Naples and Fort Myers on the west.
April 19, 1999 |
A fire fed by rapidly shifting wind burned out of control in the Florida Everglades, consuming 70,000 acres of dry marsh grass and creating clouds of smoke that darkened the Miami area. The fire began on the Everglades' western edge Saturday, possibly ignited by heat from a vehicle's catalytic converter. It quickly became the largest of more than 2,450 blazes that have burned 130,000 acres in the state this year.
October 14, 1998 |
The Everglades can be protected even while Florida's growing population gets the water it needs, Vice President Al Gore said Tuesday, unveiling a $7.8-billion restoration proposal. The plan would rebuild the state's water distribution system and help restore the Everglades--the huge ecosystem of marsh, lake and river that flows over more than 4 million acres from Lake Okeechobee to Florida Bay.
November 27, 1997 |
The state Supreme Court ruled that sugar growers are not solely responsible for cleaning up the Everglades, ordering that all polluters share the cost of restoring the fragile wetland. The court ruled that a constitutional amendment passed by Florida voters in November 1996 does not lay financial liability solely on sugar farmers, whom environmentalists blame for polluting the Everglades.
June 10, 1997 |
A voracious predator from a distant antipodean world has been roaming the marshlands of South Florida for about six weeks now. Before its release, many residents were fearful. But eight years of laboratory study convinced scientists that the confetti-sized Australian weevil would eat only the pesky melaleuca trees, and eventually public apprehension subsided.
June 8, 1997 |
House Speaker Newt Gingrich visited southern Florida on Saturday, offering encouragement for anxious Nicaraguan immigrants as well as the struggling Everglades. During a stop in the steamy Everglades, Gingrich trumpeted the $210 million he helped push through Congress last year for Everglades land purchases. Calling it a good start, he said more funds may be needed to restore the "River of Grass." In the afternoon, Gingrich told Miami political leaders that he has asked Atty. Gen.