Environmental Protection

Everglades Coalition Conference Set for Miami

The Everglades Coalition will host its 24th Annual Conference at the Hilton Miami Downtown, one of Florida's newest Certified Green Lodging facilities, Jan. 8-11.

Hosted by the National Parks Conservation Association, the conference will bring together leaders, elected officials, community and environmental activists, and the general public to discuss the many opportunities and challenges in 2009 and beyond in efforts to restore the entire Everglades ecosystem. Conference sessions focus on topics such as growth management, political and public partnerships, endangered and invasive species, wildlife habitat, energy policies, water quality, and flow plans.

The Everglades Coalition is comprised of 51 allied environmental and conservation organizations. Its conference is the largest annual forum for Everglades' conservation and restoration, bringing together the coalition's membership with its local, state, and federal partners. Members of Congress and the Florida state legislature, and other political figures come to the conference to discuss their positions, pledge their support, and present challenges to the community.

Confirmed speakers to date are former U.S. Sen. and Florida Gov. Bob Graham, Florida State Sen. Jeff Attwater, and Miami-Dade County Mayor Carlos Alavarez.

For information, visit www.evergladescoalition.org.

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