Welcome to Everglades Trust


The Everglades comprise the largest subtropical wetland ecosystem in North America and are recognized as one of the most important on the planet. They are a World Heritage Site and an International Biosphere Reserve.

Home to more than 80 endangered species of plants and animals, they are the source of the water supply for one out of every three Floridians (8 million people). The Everglades are the nexus of our water-based tourist economy, the economics this great system generates and makes possible rival anything else in Florida.

Everglades Trust was founded in 1994 by the late George Barley and today his legacy is carried on by his wife, Mary, and a dedicated Board of Directors, staff and volunteers. Our advocacy is backed up by overwhelming sound science and research.

The Trust and all those we partner with insist that local, state and federal lawmakers take meaningful and timely action to preserve and restore America’s Everglades. Through grassroots initiatives and legislator education, the Trust ensures lawmakers are held accountable to their constituents to save and protect the Everglades.


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    Arrogance and Avarice: US Sugar files suit against taxpayers

    It’s been said that battling the sugar industry to save the Everglades is a lot like taking on the tobacco industry – and it’s true. For decades, Big Sugar has followed the same disinformation playbook, interfering with local, state and federal policies in ways that have long term, harmful impacts to the public and throwing big money around to get their way. When threatened with reform, their response is to double down on these devious tactics. They do this by funding tricksters, phony “news” outlets, opposition efforts, lobbying, political donations, hiding behind front groups and other organizations, promoting weaker policies and failing to disclose conflicts of interest. Above all else – kill the messenger. But not even Big Tobacco had the gall to sue the federal government.
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    TC PALM: South Florida Water Management District: Extra sampling can track, prevent algae blooms

    “With a goal of preventing pollution in general and blue-green algae blooms in particular, SFWMD is proposing a dramatic expansion in its water quality monitoring in Lake Okeechobee, Lake O's watershed and the St. Lucie River and Caloosahatchee River watersheds.” Grownups are in charge again. It's about time. Continue reading: TC PALM: South Florida Water Management District: Extra sampling can track, prevent algae blooms
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