Wednesday, June 27, 2012

Marjory Stoneman Douglas

What are your thoughts about Marjory Stoneman Douglas'  contribution to conservation in Florida and more specifically the Everglades?

Here is a longer excerpt from Marjory Stoneman DouglasThe Everglades: River of Grass, (1947):

“There are no other Everglades in the world. They are, they have always been, one of the unique regions of the earth, remote, never wholly known. Nothing anywhere else is like them; their vast glittering openness, wider than the enormous visible round of the horizon, the racing free saltness and sweetness of the their massive winds, under the dazzling blue heights of space. They are unique also in the simplicity, the diversity, the related harmony of the forms of life they enclose. The miracle of the light pours over the green and brown expanse of saw grass and of water, shining and slow-moving below, the grass and water that is the meaning and the central fact of the Everglades of Florida. It is a river of grass.”

Marjory Stoneman Douglas describes her 1930 trip to the Everglades. Produced by Ross Harris of Florida International University's Digital Collections Center. More information can be found at

[Editor's Note:  Our WILD READ moderator Michael Grunwald will contribute a new narrative shortly]

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