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Integrated Habitat Networks


There are two distinctly different IHNs, one that all conservationists can support which must be identified as the "IHN As Advertised," and the other is the "IHN As Managed." The "IHN As Advertised" is a concept for protecting and reclaiming the major ecosystems along the Peace, Hillsborough, Alafia, Manatee, Little Manatee and Myakka Rivers and associated ecosystems from the Green Swamp to Charlotte Harbor and from the Lake Wales Ridge to the Gulf of Mexico. The "IHN As Managed" is a phosphate mining conceptual plan which stops at the mineable limit and which does not consider further extension and will only result in a progression of insulated island biogeographic pockets of reclaimed and remnant ecosystems. The "IHN As Managed" is a product of the Florida Department of Environmental Regulation Bureau of Mine Reclamation and serves only the Phosphate Mining Industry. The "IHN As Advertised" is the goal of conservationists (including miners, politicos and the public) working within the Bone Valley Area to protect and restore, within reason, systems altered by phosphate mining, agriculture and development.

For more information, contact:
Marian Ryan, 863-293-6961,


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