"There are no other Everglades in the world. They are, they have always been, one of the unique regions of the earth: remote, never wholly known" says Marjory Stoneman Douglas, author of The Everglades, River of Grass written in 1947. Although South Florida is now populated with millions of people, we're fortunate that her book was instrumental in promoting the preservation of thousands of acres of Everglades on both the national and state levels. In addition to Everglades National Park, we can enjoy the Big Cypress National Preserve, Seminole State Park, the Fakahatchee Strand State Preserve, and the Florida Panther Preserve right here in Collier County! Each of these areas have "friends" groups if you'd like to get involved, or to support them financially. Living here on Marco, on a small lot, I really appreciate the opportunity to have such open space only a few miles away. Marjory Stoneman Douglas lived to well over one hundred, and didn't start her work on preserving the Glades till well into her sixties. Shows us it's never too late to make a difference!