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  • commented 2017-12-28 19:48:17 -0500
    I’ve always wondered as a long time resident of Florida, originally from Michigan, why the State of Florida has no returnable bottle law since the ecosystem is so fragile in Florida and like Michigan, the State is heavily dependent on tourism yet there are really no controls in place to keep tourists from throwing their trash off of boats that then floats into the Everglades and out of car windows as they pass through the Everglades. Also, considering that boaters throw plastic bottles, etc., into the canals and rivers that drain into the Everglades, I would imagine that the Everglades gets more than it’s fair share of plastic trash being deposited into it. Wouldn’t it be in the best interest of the Everglades if the State of Florida had a returnable beverage container law in place?

    I would think that if your organization started a program to get a State amendment passed to make all beverage containers have a cash deposit put on them, which the buyer gets back when they return the containers to a store like they do in Michigan, that this sort of mission would draw large amounts of positive attention from Florida residents, increase your donations and thus give you more money to fight the sugar growers who continue to pollute the Everglades. An increase in donations to your organization from an increase in media attention by promoting a returnable beverage container law in Florida would help you to engage in your worthwhile mission of restoring the Everglades not only to protect the plants and animals that are native to the Everglades but to also protect the water under the Everglades that South Florida gets it’s drinking water from.

    If you are interested in such an endeavor, I would be more than glad to help collect signatures on petitions to get an amendment on the next Florida ballet to allow the residents to decide for themselves if they want to continue to allow beverage containers to be go into landfills instead of being returned to stores to be picked up by the beverage companies that would take the used beverage containers to recycling centers where the bottling companies get money by selling the used beverage containers to the recycling companies.

    In this process, jobs are created at the beverage companies to pick up the used beverage containers and more jobs are created at the recycling centers where the used beverage containers are processed. With more used beverage contains going to recycling centers instead of into the garbage, you don’t have a situation where Florida needs to build more landfills that eventually leak toxins into the Everglades and into our source of drinking water and our cities and the State doesn’t need to spend so much of it’s revenue on having workers picking up used beverage containers that are being increasingly thrown on our streets and highways and seeing counties like Broward County having a decrease in the percentage of people engaging in recycling used beverage containers.
  • commented 2017-12-19 23:02:47 -0500
    Dear Friends of the Everglades

    I’m Daniel Bornstein, a PhD student at University of Wisconsin studying Everglades restoration. I am particularly focusing on the use of ecological indicators to assess progress on restoration. On your Science and Biology page of your website, you discuss the Science Coordination Group’s stoplight indicators.

    I am interested in interviewing one of your staff for my research project on these ecological indicators. I would like to learn why certain indicators are valuable, and what they have informed us about progress.

    I will be in south Florida from Jan 2 – 22 and hope to meet one of your staff

    thanks for your help

  • commented 2017-12-09 16:15:10 -0500
    Several weeks ago I noticed a troubling land for sale sign on the south side of 41 about 4 miles west of the intersection of 41 and 29. It is for 1600+ acres, 239 262 2600 re Austin Howell. It has a Barron Collier logo. It was located on wetlands. I’ve already contacted Fl Audubon, the Conservancy, and the Everglades Foundation. Are you aware of this?
  • commented 2017-11-26 18:15:42 -0500
    I took a few pictures Sunday, 11/26/2017 , and have several pictures of a banded Snail Kite if you want the pictures. Or, who would want these ?

    Oil Well Road East of RT 29
  • commented 2017-10-17 12:43:40 -0400
    Good day Mrs Washburn ,

    I hope all is well,

    My name is Tani Snyder Director of Account Acquisition Incoming Global Volunteer of Incoming Global Citizen for AIESEC in Miami. We are proud to be the largest Youth-run Non­profit Organization in the world. A crucial component of our Organization is focused on bringing international volunteers to work directly with local non­profits, schools, and summer camps. Our volunteering opportunities are targeted towards the United Nations 17 Sustainable Development Goals.

    I have come to understand that your organization promotes community development and awareness in regards of a more sustainable environment, and I believe that we would greatly benefit from one another in helping our community towards one common goal that is environment sustainability and climate action.

    I would like to schedule a meeting during the course of October to discuss the possibility of establishing a sustainable partnership between Friends of the Everglades and AIESEC in Miami to better serve you, your organization, and the population we both serve.

    Thank you for your time and consideration. ­­


    Tani Snyder

    Director of Account Acquisition

    AIESEC – Miami Chapter


    Arleen Cortes

    Vice President of Incoming Global Citizen Program

    (786) 302-0573
  • commented 2017-10-02 15:17:15 -0400
    I’m a teacher at Saint Brendan High School and I have some students that would be interested in any upcoming events or activities for service. Thanks!
  • commented 2017-09-18 15:29:01 -0400
    Has anyone ever thought of the possibilities? The mills and the harvesters might be able to adapt to this with ease and little or no pesticide is used I believe… and very little if any fertilizer. Kentucky farmers are pulling out tobacco and replacing it with hemp calling it the “Trillion Dollar Crop”. Videos are on youtube describing this fact. Nevada just approved commercial hemp, Canada is a leader in commercial hemp production, I hope you find this interesting. jim


    Hemp grown for the production of biomass fuels can provide all of our gas, oil and coal energy needs and end dependency on fossil fuels.

    Hemp results in a 95.5% fuel-to-feed ratio when used for pyrolysis the thermochemical process that converts organic matter into fuel.

    Biomass has heating value of up to 8,000 BTU/lb., with virtually no residual sulphur or ash during combustion.

    Biomass fuels offer a clean alternative to fossil fuels. No sulphur oxides are released, either during pyrolysis or combustion. A closed CO2 system is created. According to Stanley Manahan, «Environmental Chemistry », biomass fuels would not result in any net CO2 being added to the atmosphere.

    Hemp is the #1 producer of biomass per acre in the world. Biomass energy expert Lynn Osburn estimates that 1 1/2 to 3 1/2 million acres of hemp would replace all of Canada’s fossil fuel demands.

    From 75°/O to 90% of all paper was made with hemp fiber until the late 1800’s.

    U.S.D.A. bulletin #404 outlined a process for the production of paper using pulp and demonstrated that hemp could replace 40% to 70% of all tree pulp paper, including corrugated boxes, computer paper and paper bag.

    An acre of hemp will produce as much pulp for paper as 4,1 acres of trees over a 20 year period.

    The hemp paper-making process requires no dioxin-producing chlorine bleach and uses 75% to 85% less sulphur-based acid.

    Hemp paper is suitable for recycle use 7 to 8 times, compared with 3 times for wood pulp paper.

    By utilizing hemp pulp for paper, we could stop the deforestation of our country and produce stronger, more environmentally sound paper for less than 3/: of the price of wood pulp paper. The paper mills now in place would need almost no conversion in order to switch from wood to hemp pulp.

    Hemp produces the strongest, most durable natural soft-fiber on earth. Until the 1 820’s, up to 80% of all textiles and fabrics for clothes, canvas, linens and cordage were made principally from hemp.

    Hemp cloth is stronger, more durable, warmer and more absorbent than cotton. Best of all. ’ grown in Canada, cotton cannot.

    An acre of land will produce 2 to 3 times as much fiber as cotton, about 1,000 Ibs. of fiber per acre.

    Hemp grown in most parts of Canada will require no herbicide, fungicide or insecticide applications. Up to ½ of all agricultural pesticides used in North America are applied to the cotton crop.

    Natural, organic hemp fiber breathes and is recyclable, unlike petroleum-based synthetic fibers.

    A fully mature hemp plant may contain 1/2 of its dry-weight in seed.

    Hemp seed has an oil content of 34 % more than any other seed. Hemp seed oil is second only to whale oils in its quality and has the same burning qualities and viscosity as #2 grade heating oil without any of the sulphur-based pollutants.

    Once hemp seed oil has been extracted, the remaining seed cake is second only to soya bean for protein content and is an excellent source of nutrition for either farm animals or humans.


    England, France and Spain have all legalized low THC varieties of hemp for an agricultural crop. England planted 1,500 acres of hemp as a first year crop. Reports from England state that farmers are receiving in excess of 3,000$ per acre for their hemp crop.

    Low THC hemp is not suitable as a psychoactive drug.

    A Canadian report from the late 1800’s demonstrated that hemp works very well in rotation with bean and corn crops.

    In 1991 Ontario farmers receiver 290$ and 240$ per acre for grain corn and soya bean respectively.

    Hemp was grown successfully in Canada for over 100 years. For a period in the late 1800’s Canada produced ‘hi: of all England’s hemp requirements. At kite time, England was the largest hemp consumer in the world.

    In the 1930’s, a South Western Ontario newspaper reported that Canadian grown hemp was among the best in the world and far superior to tropical hemp.

    In Canada hemp can be grown successfully from our southern borders to approximately 60O North Latitude, the parallel that divides the North West Territories from the provinces. This remarkable range is possible due to hemp’s short growing season, usually 90 to 110 days.

    The hemp plant will reach a height of up to 5m (16ft.) and sink a main tap root down 1 ft. This tap root will draw nutrients from deep in the soil and make them available to subsequent crops when the hemp leaves are shed on the soil. This extensive root system also helps to alleviate the problem of soil compaction.

    Hemp is very easy on the soil and returns up to 60% of the nutrients it takes from the soil, when dried in the field.

    A report from Kentucky states that hemp was grown on the same land for 14 consecutive years without soil depletion or reduction in yield.

    Hemp is very economical crop to grow since it requires virtually no pesticide applications.

    Hemp is also relatively drought-resistant and has been relied upon several times during drought-induced famine for its high protein seed.

    Hemp is very resistant to increased UV radiation and should not suffer decreased yields, unlike soya bean and corn.

    Industrial Hemp: A Win-Win For The Economy And The Environment


    We write about finding entrepreneurial solutions to the world’s problems. Opinions expressed by Forbes Contributors are their own.

    Logan Yonavjak Logan Yonavjak , Contributor

    Logan Yonavjak (@Loganyon) makes a case for allowing farmers in the United States to grow hemp.

    Industrial hemp was once a dominant crop on the American landscape. This hardy and renewable resource (one of the earliest domesticated plants known, with roots dating back to the Neolothic Age in China) was refined for various industrial applications, including paper, textiles, and cordage.

    Over time, the use of industrial hemp has evolved into an even greater variety of products, including health foods, organic body care, clothing, construction materials, biofuels, plastic composites and more (according to one source, more than 25,000 products can be made from hemp).

    In the U.S., the first hemp plantings were in Jamestown, Virginia, where growing hemp was actually mandatory. From then on hemp was used in everything from 19th century clipper ship sails to the covers of pioneer wagons. The Declaration of Independence was drafted on hemp paper, and even the finest Bible paper today remains hemp-based.$department/deptdocs.nsf/all/agdex126
    Introduction | Background | Regulatory | Seeded acreage in Canada and Alberta | Markets: nutritional, industrial and other emerging uses | Marketing for producers | Environmental benefits | Licence application | Varietal selection and sourcing pedigreed seed | Growing hemp | Harvest | Economics | Additional web resources | Footnote references

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    Low prices of major commodity crops often prompt farmers to diversify their cropping options. These conditions have resulted in a recent influx of new industrial hemp producers. In the past five years, the national acreage of industrial hemp has grown about 25 per cent annually in Canada.

    New, emerging opportunities related to fibre utilization for a diversity of industrial applications are expected to continue to create demand for more hemp feedstock in Alberta. Efforts to build whole hemp crop value chains, for both food and fibre, are underway in Alberta.


    The Industrial Hemp Regulations define industrial hemp:

    “ the plants and plant parts of the genera Cannabis, the leaves and flowering heads of which do not contain more than 0.3 per cent THC w/w (tetrahydrocannabinol) including the derivatives of such plants and plant parts that contain no more than 10 µg/g (10 ppm) THC

    Originating from Central Asia, industrial hemp arrived in eastern Canada with European settlers early in the 17th century. For the next 300 years, hemp was cultivated for food and fibre across the country, including in Alberta. However, in 1938 the Opium and Narcotic Act banned the cultivation, possession and processing of hemp in North America.

    In 1994, Canada began to issue research licences to grow industrial hemp on an experimental basis (Figure 1). In 1998, the commercial production of industrial hemp was legalized in Canada with Health Canada being the authority to grant licences.

    Currently, Canada is the only country in North America where the cultivation of industrial hemp is legal.

    Figure 1. Industrial hemp crop (photo: Alberta Innovates – Technology Futures) Regulatory

    Health Canada controls the production, processing, possession, sale, transportation, delivery and offering for sale of industrial hemp. All industrial hemp grown, processed and sold in Canada must contain less than 0.3 percent THC in the leaves and flowering parts. In addition, a maximum level of 10 parts per million (ppm) for THC residues in products derived from hemp grain, such as flour and oil, has been set in the regulations.

    All commercial industrial hemp crops are planted using only pedigreed seeds of varieties listed in Health Canada’s List of Approved Cultivars. Seed saving and the use of common seed are currently not allowed under the regulation.

    The hemp industry initially grew varieties that were imported and of European origin. In recent years, Canadian plant breeding programs have developed a number of high yielding cultivars that are suitable to a wide range of growing conditions.

    The Industrial Hemp Regulatory Act is currently under review. Several significant changes have been suggested at the national industry consultations conducted in 2013. A new act is expected to be approved in 2016.
  • commented 2017-09-18 02:31:52 -0400
    see your mother tomorrow
  • commented 2017-08-21 15:48:01 -0400
    I am a producer for, the new EW Scripps news site. I would like to talk to someone in your organizationion aboutt the causes of pediatric cancer hot spots in this region.
  • commented 2017-07-21 11:50:40 -0400

    I wanted to reach out to see if you would be of interest in Deerbusters poly and metal deer fencing to help protect the Everglades and its wildlife. Deer fencing is the most effective means for keeping out deer and rodents from gardens and on farms, thus reducing deer damage and protecting landscapes.

    Located in Waynesboro, PA, Deerbusters offers different fence types in various strengths and sizes. Our most popular type of deer fencing is made from a durable polypropylene material, built to last between 20-30 years in all-weather elements. For high-impact deer pressure, consider our metal deer fence options available in a steel hex web, welded wire or fixed knot. Our heavy-duty deer fence with reinforced bottom edge stops digging rodents from entering gardens, too. We proudly carry TENAX fence and offer the best prices on all virtually invisible TENAX products. We even have deer repellents to further safeguard properties. Earlier this year, Deerbusters launched to accommodate the needs of homeowners, farmers and gardeners alike throughout Canada.

    Please consider working with Deerbusters; and let me know if you have any questions.

    Thank you,

    Jennifer Smith

  • commented 2017-07-17 19:28:10 -0400
    Anyone know when SW 168 ST. in Miami-Dade County will once again be open westward all the way to SW 237 Ave. where the former Chekika State Recreational Area is? I’ve been going there for 36+ years and miss its easy access (for me anyway) and continuing beauty, especially at sunset. It appears that SFWMD has taken over SW 168 St. west of about SW 212 Ave. Thank you for any assistance you might provide.
  • commented 2017-07-05 14:27:03 -0400
    I would like to know if you’re interested in reading a very short piece of fiction set in the former Chekika State Park. I am a professional writer.
  • commented 2017-07-03 14:34:03 -0400
    Hello Friends of the Everglades Team,

    Thank you for the excellent work you do in providing information and incentive to take action to protect the Everglades. I saw something on Link TV that caught my attention. It is the Earth Focus Environment Film Festival which will be held in Los Angeles at the end of July. With climate changing an undeniable reality and Miami at a particularly high risk, perhaps we could have a festival like that here. This is the link and a list of films for the upcoming festival.
  • commented 2017-06-18 14:00:41 -0400
    Senator Rubio said he voted for the CEPP (Central Everglades Planning Project) and on Dec 10, 2016 President Obama signed it into law. Can you tell me what Florida has done to implement that law ?
  • commented 2017-06-06 18:41:35 -0400
    Hi,is it visitation hours and if so what are they? Thank you.
  • commented 2017-06-04 09:10:38 -0400
    My cousin, Nancy Carroll Brown, passed away on Friday, March 27, 2017 , and was buried on Thursday, June 1, 2017. She had endured Altzheimer’s for ten years and was cared for by her son, Kevin Brown. She was very active in the environmental movement almost all of her life and worked closely with Marjorie Stoneman Douglas. At one point, I believe she was president of your organization. It would be nice to have her recognized in some way and I think you will have much in your archives for this. You may contact me at 863-409-5585.

    I cannot find a phone number on your website.
  • commented 2017-06-03 21:50:03 -0400
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  • commented 2017-03-28 08:24:42 -0400
    Good morning,

    I am a student in a Master’s on International relationships in France, and I am looking for an internship for this summer. I heard from your organization from a friend of mine that is living in Miami.

    I checked on your website but saw no sections on internships. I’d like to know if you were looking for interns for this summer, and if so, can I send you my resume and cover letter?

    I am currently writing an Essay on Mr Trump’s recent election, and on the consequences of this election on the environment and climate change fight. Thus, working in your organization would be a wonderful opportunity for me.

    Thank you for your time and consideration,

    Best regards,

    Mathilde Cousin
  • commented 2017-03-28 08:23:08 -0400
    This is Alina De La Barrera the program coordinator @ John F. Kennedy Library, hope this finds you well.

    The reason why I am contacting you is because we are organizing a fair, here at John F. Kennedy Library in celebration of the Earth’s Day on April 22nd and it will be great if the The Friends of the Everglades could joying us on that day.

    The event will be mainly targeted to parents and children; the age of children ranges between 6 and 11 years respectively. The fair will start at 10:00 am and end at 4:00 pm. The fair will start with activities at the library’s community garden, and will continue in the auditorium with paintings, book readings, Eco- friendly crafts, among other activities, in which the kids and families will be actively involved. Your presentation will be scheduled from 2:00 pm – 3:00 pm in the auditorium .

    Please let me know if this will be possible.


    Alina De La Barrera

    Program Coordinator

    Children’s Department Supervisor

    John F. Kennedy Library

    190 W 49 st. Hialeah, FL33012


  • commented 2017-03-17 01:32:41 -0400
    Can’t get there for the speaker. Is someone going to take a video to watch?
  • commented 2017-03-15 07:53:39 -0400
    Does anybody want to protest this Saturday’s Clewiston Sugar Festival 3/18/17? I will be there.
  • commented 2017-03-09 14:11:31 -0500
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  • commented 2017-03-08 07:28:36 -0500
    I would like to have someone from Friends of the Everglades speak at our club in Miami about the importance of allowing biodiversity in communities. We have been having issues with raccoons and other wildlife in our community and need help understanding how we can live together with our local wildlife. Please contact me as soon as possible to advise if this would be something your group could offer.
  • commented 2017-02-21 15:09:09 -0500
    I’d like to take this opportunity to introduce myself and our company. My name is Rudy and I head up strategic partnerships at TerraCycle. TerraCycle is a global recycling company focused on finding sustainable solutions for waste that would otherwise be disposed of through conventional methods such as incineration or landfilling. I am writing you today because TerraCycle is kindly requesting that your organization send us the rigid plastic that you collect on beaches, shorelines, and in waterways at no cost to you.

    In recognition of the fact that discarded plastic plagues our oceans, beaches and waterways, TerraCycle is working to collect rigid plastic waste from beaches and shorelines. The materials will then be used to create new fully-recyclable products. This is a fully-sponsored program meaning the costs of shipping, processing and recycling for this program will all be covered by TerraCycle and our partners. Free UPS shipping labels can be attained through one’s TerraCycle account.

    During this first phase of the project we are bringing together a North American supply chain to ensure that we can collect large enough quantities of material to ensure the viability of the project for the foreseeable future, which is where we ask for the help of your organization to bolster our collection efforts. I would welcome an opportunity to speak with you in person about the program and the potential for collaboration between our teams. I have attached some relevant materials for your reference.

    All the best,
  • commented 2017-02-18 13:55:44 -0500

    My name is Savanna Kennedy, and I am in seventh grade at North Broward Preparatory School in Coconut Creek, Florida. I am currently finishing a project for National History Day (, a national competition which requires students to conduct research on a topic of their choice. The theme this year is “Taking a Stand” and the topic of MY project is Marjory Stoneman Douglas and her efforts to raise awareness of how the straightening of the Kissimmee River affected the Everglades.

    I have contacted Florida Crystals to get information on their view point, but they have not contacted me back. I would like the opportunity to interview someone in your organization in order to get more information regarding how the straightening of the KIssimmee River affected the everglades. This interview could be conducted via email, phone or Skype, and would truly enhance my project. I look forward to hearing from you.

    Since my first two interviews fell through, I only have the beginning of this week to conclude my project. The fair is this Friday, Feb. 24th.


    Savanna Kennedy
  • commented 2017-02-14 12:55:04 -0500
    Dear Friends of the Everglades,

    My name is Karla, I came across your group after visiting this past November, after learning about some of the projects you do to support the park. My husband and I are artists traveling through all 59 national parks and along the way we’re documenting them through illustrations, photography and creative stories.

    Today we shared the unlikely love story between an Everglades alligator and Biscayne manatee – a bit of fun – and we also shared the poster from Everglades. Would you be interested in seeing the story?

    If you enjoy it, maybe we can send you a copy of the poster to share with your community. We are donating 10% of sales from prints to the friends groups of each park (set aside and donated annually).

    Many thanks!

  • commented 2017-02-01 15:15:37 -0500
    I am the Gifted Youth and Leadership Coordinator for American Mensa, the High Intelligence Organization. Our annual convention moves throughout the country each year and this year it will be held at The Diplomat Hotel in Hollywood Florida. I am looking for outreach educational opportunities that could come to us at the hotel. Unfortunately we do not have the option to travel to your location. Would there be any opportunities for us to work together this coming Friday July 7th? I would have 3 groups of kid (less than 30 in a group) ages 4-6, 7-9 and 10-12. These are exceptionally bright kids and they love to learn and get new information. We would love to work with you if there is any way we could.

    I look forward to hearing from you.

    Jamie Uphold

    Gifted Youth and Leadership Coordinator | | 817.607.5578

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  • commented 2017-01-30 09:01:05 -0500

    I am organizing a Team Meeting in October and wondered if you had opportunities for group volunteering activities to help with your work for an afternoon (4-5 hours). We would really like to give back to the community and believe the important work you do would be something we could help with. There would be approximately 50-60 people.

    Please let me know.

    Many thanks

    Andy Traviss
  • commented 2017-01-24 13:26:37 -0500
    Hi Alan:

    The Junior Orange Bowl Creative Writing Committee is wondering if Friends of the Everglades would like to make a few remarks at our Awards Ceremony Sun, Feb 12, 2:00 pm at Books & Books? Our theme this year is celebrating the 100th Anniversary of the National Parks.

    “At this, the 100th

    Anniversary of the U.S.

    National Parks, What Can We

    Do to Protect Our Parks in the

    Years to Come?”

    Thanks in advance