From the desk of our Executive Director, Eve Samples, your Voice of the Everglades update:

Dear Friends,

A few months ago, I taped a scrap of paper to the wall next to my desk, where it reminds me to do something that’s essential if we are to succeed at saving the Everglades.

It boils down to this: Get out into the nature you’re working to protect.

“It is not enough to fight for the land; it is even more important to enjoy it. While you can. While it’s still here. So get out there and hunt and fish and mess around with your friends, ramble out yonder and explore the forests, climb the mountains, bag the peaks, run the rivers, breathe deep of that yet sweet and lucid air, sit quietly for a while and contemplate the precious stillness, the lovely, mysterious, and awesome space. Enjoy yourselves, keep your brain in your head and your head firmly attached to the body, the body active and alive, and I promise you this much; I promise you this one sweet victory over our enemies, over those desk-bound men and women with their hearts in a safe deposit box, and their eyes hypnotized by desk calculators. I promise you this; You will outlive the bastards.” — Edward Abbey, writer and environmentalist

I don’t hunt, and we don’t have mountain peaks in Florida — but Abbey’s message bowls me over every time I read it.

So, in the spirit of writer-conservationists like Edward Abbey and Marjory Stoneman Douglas, we have a gift for you this holiday season: our Guide to Visiting Everglades National Park. It’s a token of our thanks to you for being a Friend of the Everglades.

Get out there and hike the cypress forests, paddle the seagrass flats, and trudge through the swamp. You will be reminded why we’re fighting so hard.

For the Everglades,

Eve Samples
Executive Director