South Florida Audubon Society

On December 29, 2015, six members of the SFAS Board toured the newly cultivated mangrove mitigation area at Port Everglades. Rob Musser, Environmental Manager at Port Everglades, led the group on the tour to view the two areas of mitigation where mangrove trees have been planted.  This is the result of an ongoing project between Port Everglades and SFAS.  Once the mangroves are deemed  "flourishing", the entire mangrove area is to be deeded to the Florida Department of Environmental Protection (FDEP).  At the point at which FDEP takes possession of the property, the stewardship of the property passes in perpetuity to SFAS.  The details of the stewardship, including financial recompense, if any, have yet to be determined. 

On July 28, 2016, four SFAS Board members again toured the mangrove mitigation area at Port Everglades; Ellen Kennedy, Director of Communications, Port Everglades, led the tour.  While it was high tide, there were a few birds in the area.  SFAS will become the environmental stewards to ensure this project will remain successful in providing critical habitat for manatees and migratory bird life for generations to come.