Miami-Dade County’s Environmentally Endangered Lands (EEL) Program was created in 1990 to purchase and preserve over 20,000 acres of native pinelands lands and other sensitive areas.
Each year, the EEL program looks for volunteers to help restore and maintain these endangered areas. “The workdays are fun, hands-on activities throughout all kinds of interesting natural areas.” Workdays are from 9 a.m. to noon unless otherwise noted.
Here is January’s EEL volunteer schedule:
- Saturday, Jan. 10: Arch Creek Park and Preserve, 1855 NE 135th Street, North Miami, Work: Trail maintenance
- Friday, Jan. 16: East Greynolds Park, 16700 Biscayne Boulevard — by the dog park, Work: Clean up
- Saturday, Jan. 24: Deering Estate at Cutler – North Addition Preserve, 16701 SW 72nd Avenue, Miami, Work: Clean up
For more information, email firstname.lastname@example.org or call 305-372-6611.
EELs are unique and endangered habitats that are protected by Miami-Dade County’s Environmentally Endangered Lands Program. “Since 1990, the EEL program has acquired more than 20,000 acres of rare and unique habitats, some of which feature some plant species that exist no where else in the world. The goal is to manage and protect these lands so that this and future generations can enjoy these unique areas. Besides offering much needed green space in a development- heavy urban area, these habitats also serve as a safe haven for area wildlife.”
Miami-Dade County’s Endangered Lands Program’s (EEL) focus is the protection and conservation of environmentally endangered lands.
Concerned about the continuing loss of pinelands and other natural areas, Miami-Dade County voters approved a property tax that was collected between 1990 and 1992 to fund the acquisition, protection and maintenance of environmentally endangered lands. The EEL Program identifies and secures these lands for preservation.
The EEL Program and its partners have brought more than 20,700 acres of environmentally endangered lands into public ownership since 1990. Additionally, the EEL Program manages 2,800 acres of natural lands within Miami-Dade County Parks, for a total of more than 23,500 acres protected.
Miami-Dade’s Environmentally Endangered Lands Program Volunteer Workdays schedule is up for the 2014-2015 season.
You can get involved by participating in one of the workdays organized by the Environmentally Endangered Lands (EEL) Program and helping to protect and restore natural areas in Miami-Dade County. The workdays are fun, hands-on activities throughout all kinds of interesting natural areas. Community hours are available through this volunteer program.