Feds to visit Everglades to discuss restoration, python ban

Interior Secretary Ken Salazar expected to ban some pythons

Published On: Jan 15 2012 10:49:54 AM EST   Updated On: Jan 17 2012 07:50:19 AM EST
MIAMI -

Interior Secretary Ken Salazar plans to visit Florida next week to make several announcements regarding restoration of the Everglades.

The White House says Salazar will make one of the announcements along the Tamiami Trail west of Miami on Tuesday. A section of the highway near Everglades National Park is being raised to improve water flows into the park.

Salazar also will attend an Everglades water supply summit Tuesday in Tallahassee. That summit is to discuss the next steps needed to restore the vast wetlands that have suffered from years of pollution and development.

Salazar is also expected to announce a ban on four species of python from being imported into the U.S.

On Wednesday, Salazar will visit Haines City to discuss new plans for the proposed Everglades Headwaters wildlife refuge north of Lake Okeechobee.