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Secretary Jewell Visits Everglades Restoration


January 9, 2014

As part of the Obama Administration’s sustained commitment to restoring and protecting the Everglades, Secretary of the Interior Sally Jewell met with ranchers and private landowners in the Kissimmee River Valley to discuss next steps for the Everglades Headwaters National Wildlife Refuge and Conservation Area. During the visit, Jewell highlighted the importance of the Land and Water Conservation Fund to the landscape-level conservation effort, which will protect key Florida habitat and the region’s rural way of life.


  • Secretary Jewell toured the Kissimmee River Restoration Project in Lorida, Florida. Photo: Jose Calabeiro
    Secretary Jewell touring the Everglades
  • After speaking with stakeholders in the Kissimmee River Valley, Secretary Jewell went on a boat tour of the area. Photo: Jose Calabeiro
    Kissimmee River Boat Tour
  • Secretary Jewell met with David "Lefty" Durando, the owner of a 12,000-acre cattle ranch in the Everglades. Photo: Jose Calabeiro
    Sally Jewell and David "Lefty" Durando
  • Secretary Jewell and others accompanied Lefty Durando on a tour of the ranch. Photo: Jose Calabeiro
    Sally tours Durando Cattle Ranch
  • Secretary Jewell spoke to the staff of Durando Ranch. “Thanks to the support shown in Congress and funding from the Land and Water Conservation Fund, we are on the cusp of making the first offers for land acquisitions that will not only provide valuable habitat for wildlife but also protect the headwaters of the Everglades.” Photo: Jose Calabeiro
    Secretary Jewell speaks before Durando ranch
  • Secretary Jewell touring the Everglades
  • Kissimmee River Boat Tour
  • Sally Jewell and David "Lefty" Durando
  • Sally tours Durando Cattle Ranch
  • Secretary Jewell speaks before Durando ranch