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.

It has been butchered, drained, diked, and it has been polluted - but it is still alive. Saving this remarkable place is doable, though time is running out and the clock is ticking faster.

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. Unfortunately, there is a whole lot of politics embedded in the Everglades. 

By explaining the political and environmental science, what is broken and why, and what it takes to fix it, we work to educate and inspire the public and lawmakers to action.

It's tough to learn about the state of affairs for our waterways and Everglades and discover the debauchery of Florida’s sugar industry, we know. But we have learned the only antidote to the vast sums of money Big Sugar pours into the political system to keep the environmental system broken is a well-informed and committed citizenry. 

The late, great Nathaniel Reed said it best –

We must tell this story, the Everglades story, in a way the people can understand. They will save 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

    Remember when we said you could make a big difference in the Everglades? Well, you did!

    You Roared, They Listened For months, we have called on you to make your voice heard. Tens of thousands of emails and tweets later, the Army Corps of Engineers heard you. For the first time ever, balance has been brought to the system of managing water in Lake Okeechobee. Before today, two sugar baron families called all the shots - leaving the Everglades and both coasts of Florida imperiled. We have been told by the Army Corps they have never received as much input from the public as they have during this LOSOM process. Combined with voices from other groups of advocates, like Captains for Clean Water and Friends of the Everglades, Floridians roared. No Seagrass, No Life Most Floridians don’t appreciate the importance of seagrass beds. They maintain water clarity, provide shelter for fish, shellfish, and crustaceans, use their roots to stabilize bottom sediment and provide a food source for birds and sea life. In a word, they are powerhouses. Statewide, the damage from industrial agriculture pollution and failing municipal sewer systems to these vital ecosystems has been profound. It breaks our hearts but does not surprise us to see the visible carnage through the loss of so many manatee. No Pressure, No Diamonds It's tough to read about the state of affairs for our waterways and Everglades, and the debauchery of the sugar industry in Florida, we know. For our own sanity, we go out of our way to find images and stories that inspire us AND things that make us LOL. We share an office favorite below. Enjoy.
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    Big Sugar's Debauchery, In Black and White

    ➤ The sugar industry puts Florida on the map! For most dangerous smoke in the U.S. that is. Compared to California and other areas ravaged by wildfires this year, sugarcane fields in South Florida still came in "first" for producing harmful smoke. And this is done purposefully, legally, by the sugar industry, year after year. Click the call to action link below to tell the Commissioner of Agriculture to bring this to an end. ➤ Most of South Florida's drinking water comes from underground aquifers, which hold some of the only pristine, unpolluted freshwater we have left. Nonetheless, some elected officials are willing to risk contaminating our most precious freshwater source by injecting radioactive wastewater from Piney Point underground. If the last century of Everglades destruction and restoration have taught us anything, it's that Mother Nature knows best. Deep injection wells are NOT the solution.
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