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An Evaluation of Water Management Practices for Optimum Wildlife Benefits in Conservation Area 3A.

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Date Issued:
1980-06
Summary:
The Everglades in its original state occupied approximately 2.5 million acres south of Lake Okeechobee. This region has been aptly described as a "River of Grass" by Douglas 1951. Historically the area was dominated by the sedge commonly referred to as Sawgrass. Today only about 50% of the Everglades remains undeveloped. Conservation Area 3 represents the largest remaining unit of the Everglades which is currently protected. Of the 914 square miles (585,000 acres) in the Conservation Area, 750 square miles (480,000 acres) lie in that portion of the pool known as 3A. Due to its size and location pool 3A is critical to the proper management of the fish and wildlife resources of the Everglades. Since the completion of the pool a number of incidents have illustrated the shortcomings of existing management programs. High water has caused mortality to deer and other mammals. In addition it has destroyed tree island habitat and caused nest flooding for alligators and turtles. Extremely low water levels have caused destructive peat fires, mortality to key wildlife species such as alligators and destruction of crucial tree island habitat.
Title: An Evaluation of Water Management Practices for Optimum Wildlife Benefits in Conservation Area 3A.
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Name(s): Schortemeyer,James L.
Type of Resource: text
Genre: Technical Report
Issuance: monographic
Date Issued: 1980-06
Publisher: Florida. Game and Fresh Water Fish Commission.
Place of Publication: Ft. Lauderdale (Fla.)
Physical Form: electronic resource
Extent: 74 pages, illustrations ; 28 cm
Language(s): English
Summary: The Everglades in its original state occupied approximately 2.5 million acres south of Lake Okeechobee. This region has been aptly described as a "River of Grass" by Douglas 1951. Historically the area was dominated by the sedge commonly referred to as Sawgrass. Today only about 50% of the Everglades remains undeveloped. Conservation Area 3 represents the largest remaining unit of the Everglades which is currently protected. Of the 914 square miles (585,000 acres) in the Conservation Area, 750 square miles (480,000 acres) lie in that portion of the pool known as 3A. Due to its size and location pool 3A is critical to the proper management of the fish and wildlife resources of the Everglades. Since the completion of the pool a number of incidents have illustrated the shortcomings of existing management programs. High water has caused mortality to deer and other mammals. In addition it has destroyed tree island habitat and caused nest flooding for alligators and turtles. Extremely low water levels have caused destructive peat fires, mortality to key wildlife species such as alligators and destruction of crucial tree island habitat.
Identifier: FI05121408 (IID), 1018868 (digitool), fiu:12323 (fedora), AAB9771QF
Note(s): Electronic reproduction. [Florida] : State University System of Florida, PALMM Project, 2006. Mode of access: World Wide Web. Electronic version created 2006, State University System of Florida.
Subject(s): Wildlife conservation -- Florida -- Everglades
Everglades (Fla.) -- Water level
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