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 tourism economy, the economics this great system generates and makes possible exceed anything else in Florida.

Along with the Everglades Foundation, the Trust was founded in 1994 by the late George Barley. 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 Everglades Foundation is a world-renowned leader in the science and engineering of the Everglades. The Everglades Trust is the political science of the Everglades. And, unfortunately, there is a whole lot of politics embedded in the Everglades. 

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.


  • Latest from the Everglades Review

    When the Well is Dry, We Will Know the Worth of Water

    WHEN THE WELL IS DRY, WE WILL KNOW THE WORTH OF WATER-Benjamin Franklin, 1746 Team Everglades- Nothing is more vital to life than water. It is not an overstatement to say that Florida’s economy lives or dies by it. But for too many decades, we have taken it all for granted, without purposeful eyes on it for an abundant future. A revolution of thinking must occur in our state, not with pitchforks, but with every lawmaker concerned about our water and our waterways. From the quality of our water to the quantity and the directional flow of water, protecting our most important resource is the pressing issue of our time. Politicians come and go – most of them every eight years. Our question is: How do we ensure clean and abundant water is built into the DNA of every elected official in Florida, regardless of which office they hold, where they live, or which side of the political aisle they sit? We do it by bringing more Floridians into the conversation. In this week’s Everglades Review, you will see a snippet of the troubles occurring for the Everglades and waterways across Florida. We will continue to be a leader in keeping these issues front and center. But Florida cannot protect its heirlooms without you in the battle with us. So, as always, we ask you to stick with us!
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    Moving Water: The Everglades and Big Sugar

    Team Everglades- Some in Tallahassee have been convinced by Florida’s sugar barons that our fight is about sugarcane, but the barons are intentionally wrong. The fight is about water and fairness. The public, including the Everglades, need clean and ample water to survive. For too long, the water for South Florida has been managed to accommodate the sugar industry, with devastating economic and environmental consequences. Making matters worse is the inherent unfairness to the taxpayers of Florida who have been forced to pay the vast majority of the costs to clean up the sugar industry’s pollution. Keep in mind, these corporate sugar growers use the federal sugar subsidy program to further protect and enrich themselves – again, off the backs of the American taxpayer and consumer. Our work is, and has always been, about changing these paradigms.
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