Eco-Tourism – July 21, 2011
Radio Green Earth explores recreational activities with NPCA’s Rob Clift that are both fun and eco-friendly to the clear, blue waters of the Florida Keys. Rob shares safe fishing practices that won’t harm the Florida Bay environment and joins Radio Green Earth Host, Jim Jackson on a sunset paddle to highlight the fastest growing segment of eco-tourism in the Keys. Captain Keith Douglas of The Boy Scouts of America also talks about the importance of teaching scouts about sailing on lower Matacumbe Key to reduce pollution in the seas.
The State of our National Parks - July 9, 2011
Radio Green Earth reports on NPCA’s work and mission as an advocacy organization that monitors the health and welfare of our national park system. This piece contains an interview with Sun Coast Regional Director, John Adornato, about the “The State of America’s National Parks” report, which details the threats to natural and cultural resources in our national parks. Dawn Shirreffs, NPCA’s Everglades Restoration Program Manager highlights government efforts to restore water flow to the waters of Everglades National Park. Kahlil Kettering discusses threats to the crystal clear waters of Biscayne National Park, the largest marine park in the United States. Rob Clift explains a new educational initiative to help boaters understand and minimize their impacts on Florida Bay, an ecological treasure that is home to many of the fish species in south Florida.
Florida’s National Parks – April 30, 2011
Radio Green Earth tours Florida’s Everglades and Biscayne National Parks. Biscayne National Park, near downtown Miami, contains a series of islands and waterways and is the largest marine park in the United States. Biscayne National Park protects four primary ecosystems: mangrove forest, Biscayne Bay, the northernmost Florida Keys, and a portion of the world’s third-longest living coral reef. Biscayne is home to more than 10,000 years of human and natural history, including several preserved shipwrecks. Everglades National Park is the largest subtropical wilderness in the United States and is home to many rare and endangered species. It has been designated a World Heritage Site, International Biosphere Reserve, and Wetland of International Importance, significant to all people of the world. NPCA’s Biscayne Restoration Program Analyst, Kahlil Kettering, describes some of the threats facing Biscayne National Park including climate change, adjacent land uses, and a Nuclear Power Plant that has proposed to double in size directly on the shores of Biscayne Bay.