Hurricane Andrew crossed the Florida peninsula just south of Miami 25 years ago and ripped up mangrove cover along the coastlines with its storm surge and extreme winds.  According to a story this week in the Miami Herald, “Michael Ross, a landscape ecologist at Florida International University, has been visiting the same stand of mangroves on southern Biscayne Bay, year after year, taking students to record the recovery of a forest wiped out by Hurricane Andrew. Today, the destruction of a quarter century ago is invisible to passing boaters and nobody else in their right mind — aside from Ross and his students — would willingly endure the agony of hiking here on foot. It means muscling through the head-high thickets of mangroves, sinking into knee-deep muck and slapping at clouds of salt marsh mosquitoes.” You can read this interesting story at