MIAMI, FL, July 3, 2008 – More than 80 Interval International employees recently participated in the company’s Seventh Annual Community Service Day benefiting Vizcaya Museum and Gardens, a National Historic Landmark owned by Miami-Dade County. Located on Biscayne Bay, Vizcaya is home to a villa, ten acres of formal gardens, and an extensive rockland hammock forest, which is the only subtropical forest ecosystem in the continental U.S. It also features an undisturbed mangrove estuary forest, a remnant of the original mangrove swamp that existed on the property before the villa was built in 1916.
The 2005 hurricane season had a severe impact on Vizcaya grounds with scores of trees and plantings destroyed. Interval employee’s vegetation clearing efforts aided in the restoration of the grounds and the natural regeneration of the forest ecosystem, which is being hampered by the invasion of exotic tree species and vines. Volunteers also picked up debris accumulated in the roots of the mangroves and on the shore of the forest as a result of prevailing winds and currents.
Interval International is a leading provider of exchange, travel, and leisure services to resort developers and vacationers worldwide. Based in Miami, Florida, the company has been a pioneer and innovator in serving the vacation ownership market for more than 30 years. Today, Interval has a network of over 2,400 resorts in excess of 75 countries and offers its clients and nearly 2 million member families high-quality products and programs through its 28 offices in 17 countries.
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