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Douglas, Marjory Stoneman,

1890–1998, b. Minneapolis, grad. Wellesley College, 1912. In 1915 she moved to Miami and began working for a newspaper that later became the Miami Herald, writing about women's issues, social justice, and the environment. She advocated for protection of the EvergladesEverglades,
marshy, low-lying subtropical savanna area, c.4,000 sq mi (10,000 sq km), S Fla., extending from Lake Okeechobee S to Florida Bay. Characterized by water, sawgrass, hammocks (islandlike masses of vegetation), palms, pine and mangrove forests, and solidly packed black
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, on which S Florida's increasing development was encroaching. After leaving the Herald (1923) she freelanced for the Saturday Evening Post and other publications, writing short stories, novels, and poetry as well as nonfiction. Her Everglades: River of Grass (1947) led to the creation of Everglades National Park. Her activism grew in the 1950s as flood control projects drained much of the Everglades and led to increased agricultural and urban development. Douglas founded the Friends of the Everglades in 1969.


See her autobiography, Voice of the River (1987); biography by J.E. Davis (2009).

Douglas, Marjory Stoneman

(1890–  ) author, conservationist; born in Minneapolis, Minn. She graduated from Wellesley College in 1912 and worked as a journalist and educator in Miami. Her book, The Everglades: River of Grass (1947), sounded an early warning of the environmental perils facing the Florida Everglades. She cofounded Friends of the Everglades in 1969 and is widely credited with helping to slow the destruction of the swamp ecosystem. She is also the author of several works of juvenile literature.
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Sixty-five years ago, environmentalist Marjory Stoneman Douglas prophesied in her classic book, The Everglades: River of Grass, that urban development and water diversion would dry out the land so much that the area would eventually erupt in flames.
From the comfort of our living rooms, Burns and co-producer Dayton Duncan led us on a grand tour of Yosemite, Yellowstone, Glacier, the Grand Canyon, the Everglades, and dozens of other national parks and monuments, showing us the majesty and splendor of these glorious places while regaling us with tales about some of the extraordinary folk--John Muir, George Masa, Marjory Stoneman Douglas, George Melendez, Stephen Mather--who helped preserve and protect these parks for all the rest of us.
Among those profiled are essayist and novelist Edward Abbey (1927-89), Jimmy Carter, journalist and Everglades champion Marjory Stoneman Douglas, Charles Lindbergh, monk Thomas Merton, poet Theodore Roethke, and Stewart Udall.
AN EVERGLADES PROVIDENCE: MARJORY STONEMAN DOUGLAS AND THE AMERICAN ENVIRONMENTAL CENTURY is a 'must' for any library strong in social or environmental history.
Melin of Bushnell, South Sumter High School District 8 Xin Guan of Tallahassee, Lincoln High School District 9 Kirby Turnage of Pensacola, Washington High School District 10 Lisa Oakman of Babson Park, Frostproof Middle/Senior High District 11 Craig Murk of Coral Springs, Marjory Stoneman Douglas High District 12 Shannon McEnteer of Winter Park, Lake Howell High School District 13 Diana Mehserle of Venice, Pine View School
The selection includes famous authors like Zora Neale Hurston, John James Audubon and Marjory Stoneman Douglas as well as work from private diaries of early settlers, longtime residents and visitors.
Drought: "Eighty percent of our rainfall depends on evaporation from the Everglades," South Florida naturalist Marjory Stoneman Douglas pointed out in 1990.
In 1947, writer and conservationist Marjory Stoneman Douglas called attention to the dangers facing Florida's Everglades in a book called "The Everglades: River of Grass.
In 1994, to the dismay of Florida legislators, the then-103-year-old Marjory Stoneman Douglas, author of The Everglades: River of Grass and a leading force in protecting the wetlands for more than 50 years, publicly demanded that her name be stricken from the Marjory Stoneman Douglas Everglades Forever Act of 1994 because she felt that the state had retreated from its commitment to restore the ecosystem.
Marjory Stoneman Douglas High of Broward County placed second in the competition, sponsored annually by the Florida Law Related Education Association.
To the north, and slightly uphill, Lake Okeechobee released water that mingled with rain to form a wide, slow-moving "river of grass," as early conservationist Marjory Stoneman Douglas named the Everglades.
Was she on hand to welcome the naturalist and writer Marjory Stoneman Douglas into heaven?