PARDON OUR DUST !!
Last November we transitioned to the new EvergladesRestoration.gov website. As we work to interconnect the Task Force’s reporting documents with interactive links there will be a transition period while we update various documents that are developed on different timelines. For example, the links to the Integrated Financial Plan (IFP) on the project sheets in the Strategy and Biennial Report will not be live until the annual IFP is updated and published in August 2015. Fortunately, all of the project information you might need from the IFP sheets is still available on our website http://www.evergladesrestoration.gov. Thank you for your patience while we work to build the most comprehensive and user friendly Everglades restoration site on the web.
Large, complex, regional restoration programs such as that being undertaken in South Florida, must include a way for determining and communicating how well restoration goals are being met. The Task Force requested that the Science Coordination Group (SCG, a team of scientists and managers) develop a small set of system-wide ecological indicators that will help them understand in the broadest terms how the ecosystem, and key components, are responding to restoration and management activities. The goal was to develop a suite of ecological indicators composed of an elegant few that would achieve a balance among: feasibility of collecting information, sufficient and suitable information to accurately assess ecological conditions, and relevance for communicating the information in an effective, credible, and persuasive manner to decision makers. This report is a digest of scientific findings about eleven system-wide ecological indicators in the South Florida Ecosystem. These eleven indicators have been carefully selected in order to focus our ability to assess the progress of the Everglades restoration program from a system-wide perspective by showing how key ecological components respond comprehensively to implementation of restoration projects.
For additional information please visit us at http://www.evergladesrestoration.gov
On July 9, 2013, the South Florida Ecosystem Restoration Task Force directed its Working Group and Science Coordination Group to develop a Strategic Action Framework (Framework) for addressing the serious threats to the Everglades posed by invasive exotic plant and animal species. The Framework was developed by an extensive and diverse set of partners including members of the Task Force, Working Group, Science Coordination Group, Everglades Cooperative Invasive Species Management Area (ECISMA), and the Department of the Interior’s Office of Everglades Restoration Initiatives.
The Framework seeks to:
- help decision‐makers understand the connections between goals, strategies, and tactics;
- maximize the extent to which the current capacity for partnership is leveraged to meet common goals;
- help decision‐makers make wise and timely investment decisions in the battle against invasive exotics; and
- define success and provide for accountability.
For additional information please visit us at http://www.evergladesrestoration.gov or http://www.evergladesrestoration.gov/content/ies/ies.html