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Hole-in-the-Donut Restoration Project TARGET RESTORATION TEAM

Robert Doren Assistant Research Director South Florida Natural Resources Center, Everglades National Park

The

TARGET

RESTORATION

TEAM,

in

case

you're

wondering,

is

the

band of individuals who are interested in research related to the "restoration" of the Hole-in-the-Donut (HID) in Everglades National Park and all the issues related to ecological resotration of wetland and associated wetland communites

of the Everglades. I realize the word trite bureaucratic connotation. But, viable, non-bureaucratic definitions harness pulling a vehicle; 2) a brood

"team" has been overused and often has a according to Webster's, there are several that include: 1) draft animals with a of pigs or ducks; 3) a number of persons

associated together in work some of you who see merit here arguably has more to

or activity; 4) collaborate. While I may agree with in definitions one and two, the message I impart do with the latter two definitions. I hope you'll

agree.

The purpose of the TARGET

RESTORATION

TEAM is to bring scientists

working on the HID restoration and other related Everglades restoration efforts together to ensure consistency and compatability throughout the research being conducted. The Target Team will serve as the nexus for ensuring congruity of research effort, eliminate duplication, and provide a forum for scientists woking on related areas to talk about their research, learn about and hopefully from others' research, and to collaborate and coordinate their

individual developing

and collective efforts.

In

a

research

plan

to

guide

order to the short

accomplish this the Park is and long-term research and

monitoring studies. Developing numerous scientific specialties and

this research program entails organizing research questions into an integrated whole.

A whole that, through this team greater than the sum of its parts.

coordination and synergy, will, we hope, This team needs to be flexible; to increase

be or

decrease regularly

participants as research focuses on new or different questions; to adapt the findings of the integrated research program to resource

management needs and changes in information and new ideas into the directions to the existing program; to appropriate and complementary fields of to collaborate; and to cooperate.

direction; and to incorporate new research program to provide new interact with other professionals in expertise; to conduct quality research;

In order to accomplish the tasks ahead the Target Restoration Team will have to

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