Secretary Zinke holding a small saw and clearing underbrush from a swampy roadside.

Zinke in Florida

In early October, just weeks after Hurricane Irma slammed into ​the coast of Florida, U.S. Secretary of the Interior Ryan Zinke traveled south to survey and assess the damage at Everglades National Park, Biscayne National Park, and Big Cypress National Preserve.

At each National Park Service location, Secretary Zinke met with the park superintendent and employees, toured damaged facilities, assisted the maintenance crews with cleanup, and discussed ways to help the parks recover back to full capacity. Florida's economy and environment each depend heavily on the work of the National Park Service, and getting our parks back up to full health is a top priority.

The Secretary also received an on-the-ground briefing from the U.S. Army Crops of Engineers (ACE)​ on the joint work of the ACE and U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service at Lake Okeechobee to restore central Florida and the Everglades. He also met with the team at Loxahatchee National Wildlife Refuge - an integral part of the Everglades ecosystem.