In July the news broke that the University of Miami had sold an 88-acre plot of land, near Zoo Miami, to a West Palm Beach developer who planned to build a Walmart. Environmentalists were devastated: The land is comprised of rare pine rockland forest, a savanna-like habitat found only in South Florida, the Bahamas, and Cuba.
Photo via ramrealestate.com A projection of Coral Reef Commons, the development project
After the announcement, the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service (USFWS) announced that a butterfly found only in the habitat, the Bartram's scrub-hairstreak, would officially be listed as endangered. Yesterday the USFWS announced two more species found only in the pine rocklands would also get that designation: The Carter's small-flowered flax and the Florida brickellbush.More »