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Pythons get the press, but invasive fern also damaging Everglades NP

The slashing of a machete through underbrush — a distinct metallic ting as regular as a metronome — marked the battleground Tuesday in South Florida’s fight against a tireless enemy whose only needs are sunshine and soil.

Deep in the last remaining intact portion of the northern Everglades workers hired under a new land management agreement hacked at an invasive fern that kills native swamp bay, wax myrtle and dahoon holly trees with a smothering blanket of lime green leaves.

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