On Tuesday April 18 Orvis will be working with the team Everglades Foundation, Clean water captains, Everglades TrustAnd Sanibel-Captiva Conservation Foundation to urge Washington DC policymakers to fund restoration of the Everglades. Laura Schaffer, Orvis vice president of sustainability and conservation, will be part of a group working to secure the funding needed to continue the work outlined in the Comprehensive Everglades Restoration Plan (CERP), which is based on a combination of federal and state funds based. It is an important time to bring this case as lawmakers are preparing new bills that will be introduced in both the House and Senate in the coming weeks and will form the basis of funding legislation that will be passed later this year.
As part of this effort, Orvis is running a full-page ad in the Wall Street Journal Therefore, the issues for the policy makers with whom the group meets on Tuesday are in the foreground.
For decades, Orvis has been committed to restoring the Everglades – the world’s largest ecosystem restoration project – with the belief that the benefits of healthy Everglades extend far beyond the confines of the national park. A restored ecosystem in South Florida will:
- Protect Florida’s $33 billion outdoor economy
- Safeguard America’s Everglades for future generations
- Provide 9 million people with drinking water
- Protect 3 million hectares of nature-based carbon sequestration
- Protect yourself against sea level rise in the coming decades