Florida Senate - 2024                             (NP)    SR 154
       By Senator Avila
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    1                          Senate Resolution                        
    2         A resolution recognizing The Everglades Foundation for
    3         30 years of service in the protection and restoration
    4         of the Everglades and for its commitment to public
    5         education and advocacy.
    7         WHEREAS, since its founding in 1994, The Everglades
    8  Foundation has been a leading voice for protection and
    9  restoration of the Everglades and is the only science-based
   10  nonprofit dedicated solely to advocacy for and public education
   11  regarding one of the world’s most unique ecosystems, and
   12         WHEREAS, The Everglades Foundation aims to restore water
   13  flow to South Florida and water quality within the Everglades,
   14  to ensure the sustainability of a restored Everglades as a
   15  healthy and protected ecosystem capable of supporting abundant
   16  plant, animal, and human life, and to ensure the fiscal
   17  sustainability of the foundation and its mission, and
   18         WHEREAS, the foundation’s Everglades Literacy Program
   19  curriculum promotes a secure future for one of the world’s most
   20  remarkable, yet threatened, natural environments by educating
   21  and empowering K-12 teachers and students, and
   22         WHEREAS, the Everglades’ natural habitats cover an area of
   23  almost 18,000 square miles, from the Kissimmee Chain of Lakes
   24  down to Lake Okeechobee, through the river of grass, and down to
   25  Florida Bay and the iconic Florida Keys, and
   26         WHEREAS, Everglades National Park is home to 36 threatened
   27  or protected species, including the Florida panther, the
   28  American crocodile, and the West Indian manatee, along with 350
   29  species of birds, 300 species of fresh and saltwater fish, 40
   30  species of mammals, and 50 species of reptiles, and
   31         WHEREAS, The Everglades Foundation remains dedicated to
   32  preserving the Everglades for future generations, NOW,
   35  Be It Resolved by the Senate of the State of Florida:
   37         That The Everglades Foundation is recognized for 30 years
   38  of service in the protection and restoration of the Everglades
   39  and for its commitment to public education and advocacy.