Preserving the Everglades

A Baseline for Future Restoration

Action starts with observation…The Water Resources Department (WRD) for the Miccosukee Tribe of Indians focused on this strategy for the degraded 9,000-acre marsh located within the Tribe’s territory in Broward County, Florida. With a goal of monitoring, preserving, and restoring the habitat of the Everglades, the Miccosukee WRD was looking for a partner who could:

  • Create and maintain a baseline for the Everglades region and
  • Evaluate the success of hydro-pattern and ecological restoration activities in the future.

The Miccosukee WRD partnered with Avineon to consult and produce mapping products as a foundation for highly accurate trend analysis of the vegetative, soil, and topography of the area. With expertise in mapping systems and GIS data acquisitions, Avineon analyzed the geographic data that was already created within the Miccosukee WRD. Based on this analysis, a strategy and process map was developed to:

  1. Update the regional views with aerial images created by ortho photogrammetry
  2. Update fieldwork by using integrated GPS
  3. Create Digital Elevation Models (DEMs) from stereo imagery and High Accuracy Reference Network (HARN) Control points

To get a complete picture of the region, Avineon also derived soil maps from existing hydrology, vegetation, and geology cartography.

Miccosukee Alligator Alley Federal Reservation

Miccosukee Tribe Alligator Alley Federal Reservation Triangle Area Vegetation Classification

With various photo interpretation and meshing techniques, Avineon was able to create comprehensive regional views of the Everglades.  As baseline vegetation classification maps, these views helped the Miccosukee WRD maintain and preserve the surrounding habitat and plan future restoration activity.