South Florida is unique in its flora and fauna, just like all landscapes are; although, everyone who has experienced its thrilling uniqueness on a walk, in its quiet and watery forests that South Florida photographer Claude Butcher so vividly visualized, knows I am not exaggerating a bit: this is a very different hike experience, unlike walking in any other “regular” forest!
Not only are our feet’s getting wet, but those exotic birds are not shy: and large butterflies are fluttering between hanging gardens in the trees. Hence, the trees that that are standing on their toes in the water are willingly opening up their arms for the smaller plants: jumping up to escape the watery forest floor; thus, a different technique in a different “micro”-Eco-system!
However, we have heard of alarms lately about polluted waters and contaminated water supplies: and how the Audubon Society are questioning the Florida Water Management District governing board’s financial decisions about water management and handling of the Florida Everglades Restoration Project.
What’s more, we have heard rumors about the bees and butterflies being extinguished by pollution’s: but the latest threat reported on our natural Bio-Diversity here in South Florida, are two small-flowered plants growing in the rocky pine-forest found only here in Miami Dade County from the rest of the world.
Plants are not Lawmakers, they don’t pay taxes, and some of them are not even pretty; but, we (The People) cannot act as if some species in our Eco-System are not allowed to exist: whether it is people, insects or plants! Therefore, although these two are small species: Federal Wildlife Management stepped in to protect 2.700 acres as critical habitats for their survival, Jenny Staletovich is reporting in her Environmental column of August 14, in Miami Herald.
On the other hand, “the Center for Biological Diversity sued the Government in 2011 to speed up actions on a backlog of endangered species” she also reminded of in her column. Thus, we have to have trust in our elected officials, they are after all responsible for regulating our society’s development and sustainability: and we all know this is irrevocably and not a rehearsal!
Still, the latest threat to our Bio-Diversity seems to be originated from our consistent expanding of rural development: leaving less space for the native flora and fauna, as well as interfering in our natural self-sustainable Ecological systems in place. As of now, we certainly do not have enough information to make decisions on what kind of irreplaceable parts of our Bio-diversity we can let go to extinction on the account of our Society’s expansion: but we do know we can’t eat the cake and still have it!
Therefore, it looks like we are going to need a new sort of mapping of local areas: one that allows us natural and seasonal self-sustaining “societies” within our Eco-systems; thus, integrated for Bio-Diversities on all levels of living: including us people. Hence, no system is stronger than the weakest part: whether it is a large or a small part; although, we are all a part of this diversified Big Eco-system altogether. Thus, as history has taught us, together we can do anything: we just have to be ready to face the consequences!