09 Oct Biophilia: Big Cypress
PHOTOGRAPHED & WRITTEN BY MIKEAL BELAND
Big Cypress National Preserve, Everglades National Park’s lesser known neighbor along its northern border is at the center of an intense environmental lawsuit. Because much of the mineral rights beneath the Park are privately owned, the National Park Service is being sued for allowing oil and gas exploration in a fragile ecosystem that’s home to several endangered species. The Florida Panther, with only 160 left in the wild, is among several species whose habitat would be permanently altered by the enormous equipment plowing through the swamps.