ORLANDO — Federal officials are mapping out new plans for protecting the northern section of the Florida Everglades.
Officials with the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Services are announcing a detailed proposal Wednesday that would preserve as much as 150,000 acres in the upper half of the vast subtropical wilderness preserve known as the "River of Grass."
The plan calls for buying land from ranchers and other owners and turning it into wildlife refuges or conservation easements at a cost of as much as $625 million.
The agency currently doesn't have the money to enact the plan.
But agency spokeswoman Stacy Shelton the goal of the announcement outside Orlando is to show state and local officials what they are hoping to accomplish once funding is available.