Marjory Stoneman Douglas rose to become the Voice of the Everglades both as the author of River of Grass but also as an activist and champion who refused to back down to the political system or major industry that was allowing the wanton destruction of the Everglades.
Wilma Dykeman stood up for our rivers and streams before it was fashionable to do so. She along with Marjory Stoneman Douglas, the Upper French Broad Defense Association and the Dead Pigeon River Council said NO to the destruction that was happening in their watersheds, inspiring river stewardship that still echoes today in those who have picked up the torch and run with it.
The Miccosukee Tribe
The Miccosukee Tribe have lived in the Everglades for hundreds of years. They lived a life closely connected to nature, harvesting the rich bounty until their way of life was radically affected by Everglades destruction due to development, the sugar industry and negligence.
Maggy Hurchalla is an Everglades activist who has worked with the Friends of the Everglades for many years working directly with Marjory Stoneman Douglas, its founder.