Everglades National Park
In 1947, the United States government set aside 1.5 million acres of subtropical wilderness in southern Florida to create Everglades National Park. Its origins are entwined with campaigns for environmental protection and preservation. In the early 20th century, the area was subjected to extensive drainage and building plans, which threw its fragile ecosystem into disarray.
Conservationists such as Marjory Stoneman Douglas responded by drawing attention to the Everglades and its importance in keeping water pure, providing habitat for a wide variety of animals, and bolstering nearby communities. The park was created to preserve this significant wetland area.
Numerous government agencies, Native American groups, and environmental organizations have worked together on restoration efforts in Everglades National Park over the years. Consistent efforts are being made to protect and restore this natural wonder despite the persistence of threats like exotic species, water management problems, and habitat deterioration.
Providing a place for study, recreation, and reflection on the precarious equilibrium of human and natural systems, the park is a living monument to the never-ending conflict between progress and preservation.