Audubon’s Director of Advocacy Charles Lee was published on TCPalm.com with an editorial about the proposed Everglades Headwaters National Wildlife Refuge:
Your Sept. 27 editorial, “New wildlife refuge and conservation area north of Lake Okeechobee may be great idea, but what are state’s priorities?” regarding the Everglades Headwaters Refuge and Conservation Area makes a good point when it says “Maybe it’s time to prioritize the most important Everglades restoration projects — and fund and complete them, in order, before launching new projects.”
That is precisely why we think moving forward with the Everglades Headwaters Refuge and Conservation Area now is so important. The very first Everglades effort was the Kissimmee River Restoration, authorized by Congress almost 20 years ago in 1992. The Everglades Headwaters Refuge and Conservation Area proposal helps the long-awaited Kissimmee River Restoration project succeed by assuring that land surrounding the restored river will be maintained in conservation, and provide water storage and cleansing opportunities rather than slipping toward development.