mission of "Greater Everglades Restoration - 2050"
requires that Planning, Policy and Science lead to
Advancing the Science to Achieve Success. The
purpose of the GEER 2008 is to provide a forum
for restoration practitioners – including private,
public and tribal decision makers, engineers,
planners, resource managers, scientists – to share
their knowledge and challenges concerning
restoration of this national treasure – the Greater
Everglades. So, what is this vast and wonderful
system we call the Greater Everglades?
Greater Everglades is an interlinked complex of
natural and human ecosystems from the Kissimmee
River at the top through Lake Okeechobee, the
Loxahatchee and St. Lucie estuaries to the east and
the Caloosahatchee Estuary to the west, southward to
the Everglades and Florida Bay with the Keys at the
bottom; and, from Biscayne Bay and other coastal
systems on the east to Big Cypress, Ten Thousand
Islands and other coastal systems on the west.