(a) FindingsThe Congress makes the following findings:
Wildlife resources and their associated habitats have been adversely impacted by the alteration of natural hydrologic conditions within the park, which has contributed to an overall decline in fishery resources and a 90 percent population loss of wading birds.
The State of Florida has proposed a joint Federal-State effort to protect Everglades National Park through the acquisition of additional lands.
(b) PurposesThe purposes of sections 410r–5 to 410r–8 of this title are to—
increase the level of protection of the outstanding natural values of Everglades National Park and to enhance and restore the ecological values, natural hydrologic conditions, and public enjoyment of such area by adding the area commonly known as the Northeast Shark River Slough and the East Everglades to Everglades National Park; and
assure that the park is managed in order to maintain the natural abundance, diversity, and ecological integrity of native plants and animals, as well as the behavior of native animals, as a part of their ecosystem.
(c) DefinitionsAs used in sections 410r–5 to 410r–8 of this title: