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Hole-in-the-Donut Restoration Project : TARGET RESTORATION TEAM

Florida International University


Button Bar Hole-in-the-Donut Restoration Project TARGET RESTORATION TEAM Robert Doren Assistant Research Director South Florida Natural Resources Center, Everglades National Park The TARGET RESTORATION TEAM, in case you're wondering, is the band of individuals who are interested in research related to the "restoration" of the Hole-in-the-Donut (HID) in Everglades National Park and all the issues related to ecological resotration of wetland and associated wetland communites of the Everglades. I realize the word "team" has been overused and often has a trite bureaucratic connotation. But, according to Webster's, there are several viable, non-bureaucratic definitions that include: 1) draft animals with a harness pulling a vehicle; 2) a brood of pigs or ducks; 3) a number of persons associated together in work or activity; 4) collaborate. While I may agree with some of you who see merit in definitions one and two, the message I impart here arguably has more to do with the latter two definitions. I hope you'll agree. The purpose of the TARGET RESTORATION TEAM is to bring scientists working on the HID restoration and other related Everglades restoration efforts together to ensure consistency and compatability throughout the research being conducted. The Target Team will serve as the nexus for ensuring congruity of research effort, eliminate duplication, and provide a forum for scientists woking on related areas to talk about their research, learn about and hopefully from others' research, and to collaborate and coordinate their individual and collective efforts. In order to accomplish this the Park is developing a research plan to guide the short and long-term research and monitoring studies. Developing this research program entails organizing numerous scientific specialties and research questions into an integrated whole. A whole that, through this team coordination and synergy, will, we hope, be greater than the sum of its parts. This team needs to be flexible; to incre

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