Walking with the Alligators

Walking with the Alligators
A Florida Alligator

April 23, 2011

The Lake Wales Ridge in Florida

Ok, I admit this is mostly selfish, because I happen to live in the area of this Ridge.
Millions of years ago, this narrow strip of land was Florida's only dry land.
The Ridge was in fact a chain of islands, the rest of Florida was under water.
It is also the highest elevation in the peninsula of the state at about 300 feet.
If the glaciers ever do melt from Global Warming, those of us who live here,
will be the last in Florida to need a boat!
The Lake Wales Ridge is one of the most unique ecosystems in America.
Wondrous things can be found here, with feet, wings and leaves that exist no where else.
Why you might ask, do we need to keep this narrow piece of land safe?
Have you ever been to the Black Hills in South Dakota?
These two areas share something rare, they are both microcosms.
What lived and lives in these two places can and should, be studied forever.
But they will need a little help from their friends to keep them safe,
they will need you and me.

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