U.S. Sugar considers the Everglades a treasured state and national asset and works diligently to protect the unique ecosystem. Combined, Florida sugarcane farmers have invested more than $400 million in restoring and preserving the Everglades.
U.S. Sugar has been a key supporter of the 1994 Everglades Forever Act, which was designed to increase the quality and quantity of water entering the Everglades and protect the native plants and animals from invasive species. Among other things, the Act required water runoff from farms to be twice as clean as rain and created the most rigorous environmental rules on farming operations in the United States.
In October 2010, U.S. Sugar sold 26,800 acres of land to the South Florida Water Management District for the River of Grass initiative to help restore the Everglades. That land is being used today for restoration efforts.