By Mark Swails
Non-native Plants and Animals which harm the environment
Non-native Plant: A fungus that attacks the heartwood of a tree from the crown to its base, only stopping after the tree has died.
What Do We Gain?
Positive Impact: In 1991 the Big Cypress Land Protection Plan was passed which outlines the actions necessary to assure resource protection and provide essential public access. A major one would be in 1974 when Congress created the Big Cypress National Preserve, which stated that the swamps were preserved within the National Park System.