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National Parks in Crisis
OCTOBER 2006
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Building Pressure
Photograph by Michael Melford

At the edge of Biscayne National Park, Miami sprawl gulps up green space. Plans for a new 500-home community call for 58 acres (23 hectares) of wetlands within its boundaries to be destroyed, and just 6.7 acres (2.7 hectares) preserved. Government-mandated efforts to mitigate the development's environmental impacts cost the developer slightly less than a million dollars—the selling price of just one of its Italianate "mansions."

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