Here is a map of protected lands in Broward county. The protected lands include natural land and habitats within which most of Broward's legacy of native plants and wildlife are still living. It is surprising that the species that have lived here for the millennia before development still exist on such tiny properties, but many do. About 620 plant species of the original 730 species thought to be in Broward at the end of World War II, are still extent in Broward. Broward is experiencing a silent crisis of species loss because of intense urban pressures on land use, drainage for development, and urgently, the smothering of fragile natural habitats by particular invasive landscape plants. So-called "protected lands" are insuffiently funded for the scientific land management required to stop rare species loss.
The public and public leaders are poorly informed concerning the current local extinction crisis. Nevertheless, many exciting rare species still exist on these protected lands. If we act now to ensure their survival and restore areas to re-establish lost species, Broward can continue to enjoy most of its original natural legacy into the future. Climate change is another challenge to conservation of native species, but forward-thinking communities are developing exciting new strategies to preserve our rarest species on natural land in spite of rapidly-changing environments due to uban pressures and climate change.
The Society for Ecological Restoration(SER) published new "International Standards for the Practice of Ecological Restoration — Including Principles and Key Concepts." Restoration in this context includes natural areas management and is entirely relevant to all the natural areas in our highly-populated county of Broward. It provides a very broad framework for ongoing conservation programs and work as well as planning and aspirational goals. What we need in Broward is to set priorities and implement solutions to save and restore habitats for species on the brink of extinction and strategies for saving every rare species. Any solution requires of focus on the goals and funding to achieve them. Not only the county, but city, private, and state property managers need to participate in implementing solutions.
Note: This website is under renovation. In the meantime you may will find more plant information on this page: Plants+. The point of the renovation is to make it easier to find plant information and resources and to add new high-quality, Broward-centric, plant information to the site.