Although some are cautious, all are hopeful that the restoration of the traditional flow will mean increased wildlife abundance in the near future. Some species, of course, will take longer than others to build up again. Everybody agrees, however, that the present condition will help tide the park over until the provisions of the current study are announced next year.
Across the Trail, state officials are seeking a permanent solution to their problem. Dr. Earl Frye, Director of the Florida Game and Fresh Water Fish Commission, feels, along with other officials of the department, that Area No. 3 can be managed both as a hunting area for deer and a flood-control basin. He says that a plan is underway to create deer pads within the storage basin. Under this scheme the rock would be broken and bulldozed into hills. Then topsoil from adjacent areas would be spread over the tops of the hills so that browse and other plants would grow on top of them. Then, explains Dr. Frye, when the water rises the tops of the hills will remain exposed as islands.
Everyone concerned agrees that floods must be controlled and that were it not for the flood-control works the western suburbs of Miami would be flooded right now, but more and more individuals and organizations are demanding that these enormous projects be planned to protect wildlife and recreation areas as well.
Roger W. Allin, superintendent of Everglades National Park, thinks that the prospects for the park are brighter today than they have been for some years but warns that the long-term problems have not been solved.
"We are not alone concerned with the dedication of some acres of land or water," says Allin, "or with the preservation of trees and wildlife, or just the saving of open space. We are concerned with the conservation of man and his quality of life."