Why are mangroves overcrowding the Florida Everglades? Aren’t they a native species?



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    Mangrove trees are indeed native to the Florida Everglades, and perform many vital functions to the ecosystem including providing breeding grounds and habitats for fish and crustaceans, and stabilizing the soil against erosion and storm damage. While they have been known to eventually crowd out other forms of vegetation, natural controls like periodic wildfires tend to reset their growth and thus clear waterways and islands for other plants and animals species to flourish.

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