On February 4th, dozens of residents from the Miami-area community contributed their valuable time to Big Cypress National Preserve for the purpose of tackling a variety of important projects for the benefit of the park.
In partnership with the local organization Common Ground for Conservation/America Verde, approximately 50 Hispanic volunteers contributed nearly 500 hours of work. Families participated in projects that ranged from invasive Brazilian pepper removal to conducting wildlife population census work on the Big Cypress fox squirrel, American alligator, and a variety of orchids.
The event culminated with the signing of a partnership agreement by Pedro Ramos, the park’s superintendent, and Mildred Real, the chief executive officer for Common Ground for Conservation/America Verde. The agreement provides a framework of collaboration with the goal of introducing Hispanic residents from neighboring urban communities to Big Cypress National Preserve and the NPS nationwide.
Common Ground for Conservation/America Verde is a non-profit organization that works to raise a higher level of environmental understanding and a better connection between the Hispanic community of south Florida and the natural world that surrounds us.