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