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Part of the complexity of the Everglades restoration is the huge number of people that are involved. Each organization that plays a role has different goals that often conflict and can lead to delays or deadlocks so that no action can be taken. Below is a list of the players and the areas they oversee.

National Park Service & the Department of the Interior

-Everglades National Park

-Big Cypress National Preserve


United States Fish & Wildlife Service

-Arthur R. Marshall Loxahatchee National Wildlife Refuge (WCA-1)

-Florida Panther National Wildlife Refuge

-Ten Thousands Islands National Wildlife Refuge

South Florida Water Management District

-Water Conservations Areas

-Canals, Levees, Water Control Structures

State of Florida Parks and Recreation

-Picayune Strand State Forest

-Collier Seminole State Park

-Fakahatchee Strand State Preserve

Native American Tribes (both Miccosukee and Seminole)

-Big Cypress Seminole Indian Reservation

-Miccosukee Tribe Alligator Alley Reservation

National Audubon Society

-Corkscrew Swamp Sanctuary

Business including agriculture and cattle industries

-Everglades Agriculture Area

-Kissimmee River Watershed


Also, a number of individuals own property throughout the historical Everglades. A lot of the privately held land is currently located in areas that need to be purchased to carry out the current restoration plans.