Newsflash: Mangrove-cutting case highlights Florida's tree of life
USA: When it came to naming Florida's state tree, the spindly mangrove lost out to the stately sabal palm. Nor have developers and waterfront property owners, as evidenced by a Jupiter case, shown much love for the shore-hugging view-blocker whose wetlands often smell like rotten eggs.
But the mangrove, known as the "walking tree" for its roots' leg-like looks, is as essential to South Florida
as sun, sand and snowbirds. Without mangroves, Florida
shores would erode, exotic birds would die, the multibillion-dollar sport fishing industry would collapse, water would become more polluted and sea levels rising because of "climate change" would more easily flood the coast, according to scientists, conservationists, anglers and bird-watchers. ...