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

    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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    The State of Our Water

    Team Everglades- Polluted discharges from Lake Okeechobee to the Caloosahatchee River continue. Devastating discharges to the St. Lucie River have resumed. Nestle is exhausting our natural springs in North Florida, while US Sugar and Florida Crystals are draining the Everglades of its life source. Water is not only the public’s asset and greatest resource, but also our heritage. Today, in too many parts of our state, our water and waterways are in a world of hurt. But on the horizon, there is hope. Keeping his promise to all Floridians, Governor Ron DeSantis is bringing online the most critical components for true Everglades restoration, at record funding levels for the state. With Everglades restoration finally recognized as a vital player in mitigating the effects of climate change, and with the nearly unanimous support of Florida’s congressional delegation, our chances at record-level funding from Congress and President Biden are bright. For now? Catch up on what you missed this week in the Everglades. And stay tuned!
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