Wiping Out Melaleuca Tree By Tree

Workers attack individual saplings of Melaleuca trees stand in wetland prairies in the Everglades. The invasive tree took over 500,000 acres of South Florida wetlands before restoration began near Lake Okeechobee. South Florida Water Conservation and the Everglades National Park are embarked on the largest wetlands restoration attempted--and the most expensive. Melaleuca (Melaleuca quinquenervia), of Australian origin, forms a dense monoculture choking out all other plant life as seeds blow across the "River of Grass."

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