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Everglades Restoration

President George W. Bush talks with national park service officers at the Royal Palm Visitors Center at Everglades National Park, Fla., June 4, 2001. White House photo by Eric Draper.
President George W. Bush talks with national park service officers at the Royal Palm Visitors Center at Everglades National Park, Fla., June 4, 2001. White House photo by Eric Draper.

Preserving the Everglades in Florida

President Bush has announced two agreements that will preserve Florida's environment for generations to come.

Photo The President has announced an agreement between the Departments of Interior and Justice and private energy companies to buy back oil and gas leases in the Destin Dome area offshore from Pensacola, Florida. And, the President announced an important agreement to buy back drilling rights in the Florida Everglades ecosystem. Taken together, these actions will help to preserve some of Florida's most significant natural treasures.

Last year, in a speech at Sequoia National Park, President Bush outlined a new environmentalism for the 21st century -an agenda based on encouraging personal stewardship and ensuring that the federal government works in partnership with state and local governments and the private sector. The President also told Americans that "our duty is to use the land well, and sometimes, not to use it at all." The everglades announcement is another example of the Bush Administration's commitment to a new environmentalism for the 21st century.

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Speeches and News Releases
April 23, 2004
President Discusses Earth Day, National Volunteer Week
President George W. Bush discusses the restoration of wetlands at Rookery Bay National Estuarine Research Reserve in Naples, Fla., Friday, April 22, 2004. ". my administration will work to restore, to improve, and to protect at least three million acres of wetlands over the next five years ," said the President in his remarks.  White House photo by Eric Draper
 
April 22, 2004
President Announces Wetlands Initiative on Earth Day
Commemorating Earth Day, President George W. Bush visits the Wells National Estuarine Research Reserve in Wells, Maine, Thursday, April 22, 2004. During his visit, President Bush announced a program to increase the amount of wetlands in the United States. "To do so, we will work to restore and to improve and to protect at least three million acres of wetlands over the next five years," said the President.  White House photo by Eric Draper
 
May 29, 2002
President's Statement on Preserving Florida's Environment
President George W. Bush looks over a topography map with national park service officer upon arriving at the Royal Palm Visitors Center at Everglades National Park, Fla., File photo.  White House photo by Moreen Ishikawa
 
January 9, 2002
Another Step Forward for Everglades Restoration
 
June 4, 2001
Remarks by Deputy Superintendent of Everglades National Park
 
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Documents
  PDF Document Reducing the Threat of Catastrophic Wildfires and Improving Forest Health (34kb)
 
  PDF Document Administrative Actions to Implement the President's Healthy Forests Initiative (67kb)
 
  Global Climate Change Policy Book
 
  More about Clear Skies Initiative
Multimedia
June 4, 2001
Remarks by the President at Royal Palm Visitors Center
President George W. Bush looks to Fran Maniella after announcing her as Director of National Parks Service during remarks at Royal Palm Visitors Center at Everglades National Park in Florida, Monday June 4. White House photo by Eric Draper
 
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Related Links
  Council on Environmental Quality
  Environment Protection Agency
  Interior Department