UCF Biology

Disney Wilderness Preserve

The Disney Wilderness Preserve (DWP) sits in the headwaters of the Everglades watershed and is connected to a 500,000-acre conservation corridor that stretches south to Lake Okeechobee.  This northern Everglades region is the lynchpin for restoration of the globally significant Everglades system.  A research partnership between The Nature Conservancy and   the University of Central Florida is directed toward research to gain a better understanding of nature’s benefits and to quantify the value of landscape restoration for water quality and quantity as well as carbon uptake and biodiversity benefits.  Conservation research conducted under this partnership will develop knowledge and mechanisms to inform resource managers who must understand and adapt their activities to enhance the resilience of these ecosystems to climate change.