Center for Biological Diversity

Tell Walmart Developer: Stop Building on Priceless Habitat

Bartram's scrub-hairstreak
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Outside of Everglades National Park, the lush habitat provided by pine rockland forest is becoming increasingly rare in south Florida.

Due to urban sprawl and relentless development, this type of habitat has been reduced to just 2 percent of its original amount. And last month the University of Miami sold 88 acres of this rare habitat to Ram Realty Services -- a developer with plans to build yet another strip mall full of chains like Walmart, Chili's and Chick-fil-A.

We can't let this happen. This land is special; it provides some of the last remaining acres for rare and imperiled plants and wildlife like the Florida bonneted bat as well as the Florida leafwing and Bartram's scrub-hairstreak, two butterflies that just received Endangered Species Act protection.

Take action below -- tell Ram we don't need another Walmart. What we need is for our native species to thrive without the constant threat of losing their homes.



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Please take action by Oct. 7, 2014.

Photo of Bartram's scrub-hairstreak butterfly courtesy USGS.

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