PALM BEACH POST: Water district must fund control of invasive fern (Point of View)

PALM BEACH POST: September 24, 2016. Written by Patrick J. Gleason.

The Sept. 14 letter from Jim Moran, a member of the South Florida Water Management District Governing Board, demanded that the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service (FWS) act now to control Lygodium, a pernicious fast-growing exotic fern, that is destroying native tree-island vegetation in the Arthur R. Marshall Loxahatchee National Wildlife Refuge (LNWR). Failure to do so may result in the SFWMD rescinding the FWS license to use the refuge.

My message to SFWMD is that it should stop asking the federal government for a hand-out and start using its own money to stop the seemingly inevitable destruction of this unique part of the Florida Everglades.

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