The Current Problem

     Things have certainly changed here in South Florida over the years!  If you look at the expansion map below, you will see how the population of Miami-Dade County has slowly swallowed up the natural areas.  The map shows the changes over a forty year period.

This map shows how the population of Dade County has grown over the years.
Buildings and roads now stretch to the eastern boundary of the everglades itself.
What biotic communities still exist within our populated area?

                     1953                                                  1973                                         1996

     Also check out the historic map of Miami-Dade County below.  It shows where the different biotic communities existed before people arrived here.  Try to find where you live on the map.  What kind of community existed there in the past?  Is anything left?  Now you can find out!