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Book of the Everglades, The

The World As Home

by Susan Cerulean

From Booklist

Diked and ditched, the water of the Everglades is so siphoned off for agribusiness and the megalopolis of southeast Florida that the natural "river of grass" is in perpetual distress. A multibillion-dollar restoration program intends to undo some of the water "management" constructions, such as the bizarre channelization of the Kissimmee River, but most of the ramparts that confine this unique ecosystem are likely to be permanent. Contributors to this anthology include well-known author Carl Hiaasen as well as other (mostly Florida) writers and naturalists. Under the headings of five biogeographical provinces that compose the Everglades, such as the cypress groves of the western Everglades or the mangroves of Florida Bay, the writers express a spectrum of concerns. Several essayists recount their visits to developments that have degraded the Everglades, such as the sugar refinery (subsidized by taxes) that abuts Lake Okeechobee. Taken together, the environmental descriptions, human-interest stories, and south Florida atmospherics create a lively volume with something memorable for readers partial to saw-grass green. Gilbert Taylor
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Crackers in the Glade

Life and Times in the Old Evergaldes
By Rob Storter, Betty Savidge Briggs

"A meaningful first hand account of attitudes among a part of American culture during a time and in a location that have received less attention than many other geographical regions of the country. All of it has a simple charm . . . poignant reading."
—J. Whitfield Gibbons, NPR commentator, Living on Earth

"[Storter] closely described his coastal world (often right on the painting itself), so that what he has left to us is not merely quaint or picturesque but a true historical documentation, in word and image, of a precious world and way of life that was fading very rapidly even as he recorded it."
—from the foreword by Peter Matthiessen

"A collection of colorful vignettes . . . [rendered] with haunting clarity . . . A pleasure to leaf through."
—Cleveland Chronicle-Telegram

 



 

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Everglades

An Environmental History
by David McCally
 
From the Publisher
This important work for general readers and environmentalists alike offers the first major discussion of the formation, development, and history of the Everglades, considered by many to be the most endangered ecosystem in North America. Comprehensive in scope, it begins with south Florida's geologic origins--before the Everglades became wetlands--and continues through the 20th century, when sugar reigns as king of the Everglades Agricultural Area.
 
Charting the effects of human intervention upon the region, David McCally traces its habitation from the Calusas and other native groups to the modern period dominated by agribusiness. In between, he discusses the Spanish contact period, the first efforts to farm the region, the first attempts in the 1880s to drain it, and the era of the "engineered" Everglades that was largely created by the state of Florida and the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers. Today, he declares, the desire to convert the ecosystem to farm use continues to guide American thinking about the region at a tremendous environmental cost.
 
Urging restoration of the Everglades, McCally argues that agriculture, especially sugar growing, must be abandoned or altered. To buy time for public debate over the final form of a sustainable Everglades, he suggests the creation of a park modeled on New York's Adirondack State Park. Sure to be influential in all discussions of Florida's future, The Everglades also will be significant for environmentalists focused on any area of North America.
 
David McCally teaches U.S. history at the University of South Florida, St. Petersburg campus, and environmental history at Eckerd College in St. Petersburg..

h Florida at St. Petersburg Lib. Copyright 2003 Reed Business Information
 


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The Everglades Handbook

Understanding the Ecosystem
by Thomas E. Lodge

From the Publisher
In introducing the 1994 edition, a 99-year-old activist cautioned that efforts to protect Everglades National Park must not be taken for granted. The writer of this edition's introduction lauds other Everglades' advocates. Lodge, a freelance ecologist, provides information on the flora and fauna of this unique ecosystem and human impacts on it. He includes new chapters on The Big Cypress Swamp and Lake Okeechobee, b&w and color illustrations, and 670 references. Annotation 2004 Book News, Inc., Portland, OR



 

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An Everglades Providence

Marjory Stoneman Douglas and the American Environmental Century
by Jack E. Davis (Author)

Review
"Exceptional. More than just a biography, the book provides an excellent history of the modern environmental movement. I am certain that all who read it will be inspired by the dynamic, pivotal, and courageous life and work of Marjory Stoneman Douglas and will be reminded of how terribly essential the efforts to protect the Florida Everglades and the environment remain." --Senator Bob Graham

"Jack Davis does for Marjory Stoneman Douglas what Linda Lear did for Rachel Carson and Farley Mowat did for Dian Fossey. He gives us the textures of a principled woman, sometimes troubled, sometimes ambitious, always dedicated to an unselfish goal. Davis does justice to both Douglas's life and the incipient days of America's environmental awakening." --Ted Levin, author of Liquid Land: A Journey through the Florida Everglades
 


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The Everglades River of Grass
By Marjory Stoneman Douglas

Originally published in 1947, The Everglades was one of those rare books, like Uncle Tom's Cabin and Silent Spring, to have an immediate political effect: it helped draw public attention to a vast and little-known area that South Florida developers had deemed a worthless swamp and were busily draining, damming, and remaking, and it mustered needed public support for President Harry Truman's controversial order, later that year, to protect more than 2 million acres as Everglades National Park.


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Everglades Wildflowers

A Field Guide to Wildflowers of the Historic Everglades, Including Big Cypress, Corkscrew, and Fakahatchee Swamps
by Roger L. Hammer

From the Publisher
Everglades Wildflowers is the ultimate field guide to wildflowers of the ecoregion that stretches from Lake Okeechobee south to the Gulf of Mexico, Florida Bay, and Biscayne Bay, encompassing all of the southern Florida mainland. Packed with vivid color photos and informative text, this valuable reference will help you identify and appreciate the varied flora of this vast watershed. Everglades Wildflowers is perfect for the novice and expert wildflower enthusiast alike. Whether you are lucky enough to view the endangered Wormvine Orchid or the stunning Firebush, this guide will enhance your next journey into the remarkable Everglades.

Synopsis
This guide features stunning color photographs of 300 common wildflowers from Everglades National Park and the Corkscrew, Big Cypress, and Fakahatchee Swamps. Detailed descriptions and line art aid the reader in identifying plants in the field
 


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Forest Plants Of The Southeast And Their Wildlife Uses

by James H. Miller (Author), Karl V. Miller (Author), Ted Bodner (Photographer)

Progressive Farmer's Sportman's Gear May/June 2001
"This has become one of my most-used resource books on plants and wildlife."

The Forum Spring 2001
"It is a must-have reference work for vegetation managers in the southeastern United States."

Forest Science May 2000
"[P]rovides information critical to the management and conservation of forest vegetation and wildlife . . . practical in field, classroom, and boardroom applications."

Southeastern Naturalist May 1, 2006
"Packed with 650 glossy color photos, this field guide will be useful to students, landowners, and anyone interested in plant identification."

Alabama Wildlife Federation Magazine Spring 2001
"In this ...field guide the authors help readers to understand the intricate and often unexpected interrelationships between flora and fauna."
 


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Florida's
Unsung Wilderness
The Swamps
by Connie Bransilver (Author) Larry W. Richardson (Author) Jane Goodall (Foreword)

The swamplands of southwest Florida are a hauntingly beautiful, complex, and delicate environment. Yet, like much of our country's wilderness at the beginning of the 21st century, it is threatened by a burgeoning population and uncontrolled growth. With color photographs, quotations, poetry, scientific information, and the authors' personal experiences, Florida's Unsung Wilderness: The Swamps highlights the diversity and beauty of this unique ecosystem and works to inspire readers to become involved in its preservation.


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Frogs and Toads of the Southeast

by Mike Dorcas and Whit Gibbons (Author)

Review
[An] exquisite book...on the herpetofauna of the southeastern United States.... [H]igh-quality, clearly written, with an attractive layout.... [H]as solid introductory information, detailed species descriptions, excellent range maps and color photographs, line drawings showing defining features, and a strong conservation message. There is an explanation as to how to use the species accounts which will be of value to the lay reader. --Herpetological Review, Fall 2008



 

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Liquid Land

A Journey through the Florida Everglades
by Ted Levin

From the Publisher
In Liquid Land, Ted Levin guides us past the dire headlines and into the magnificent swamp itself, where we come face-to-face with the plants, animals, and landscapes that remain and that will survive only if we protect them.

Library Journal
Unimaginable numbers of birds, over a million alligators, 400 American crocodiles, and fewer than 100 Florida panthers roam the Florida Everglades. In this fragile landscape, survival depends on a precise balance of nutrients, salinity, and water levels that is now imperiled by Florida's politically powerful real estate and agribusiness interests. Levin, a naturalist and journalist, profiles the natural history, geology, and climate of this unique ecosystem and the passionate scientists who don their snake boots and fight to preserve it. His writing style is lyrical and engaging, but the text is grounded in extensive research that is detailed in a useful bibliography. Like Marjory Stoneman Douglas, author of the classic The Everglades: River of Grass, Levin is an experienced journalist with a knack for making science accessible to a popular audience. Highly recommended in public and academic libraries where ecology is of interest.-Kathy Arsenault, Univ. of South Florida at St. Petersburg Lib. Copyright 2003 Reed Business Information
 


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Mirage
Florida and the Vanishing Water of the Eastern U.S.
by Cynthia Barnett (Author)

From Publishers Weekly
Starred Review. In recent decades, severe droughts in New England and the Mid-Atlantic states, along with shrinking aquifers, dried-up lakes and sluggish rivers in the Southeast have induced bitter East Coast fights over what was once an exclusively Western concern: water scarcity. What happened? Barnett, the long-time environmental reporter for Florida Trend magazine, answers that question in a rigorous look at the relentless pressure of development and burgeoning human populations on natural water supplies, particularly in the wetlands of Florida. Chapter by chapter, Barnett documents the enlarging sinkholes, loss of ancient lakes, pollution of water tables and river systems, aquifer mining and negligent politics that have led to Florida's perpetual water crisis-including a disastrous shift in weather patterns. Considering such crises elsewhere in the U.S., Barnett finds that successful allocation agreements are rare, lessons learned are quickly forgotten and an ever-growing population spells more trouble to come. Though it may lack popular appeal, this comprehensive and well-referenced volume does feature appearances from well-known figures like Walt Disney, Jeb Bush and Hurricane Katrina, and should become vital reading for citizens and policymakers as global concerns over water scarcity grow.
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Stolen Water
Saving the Everglades from its Friends, Foes and Florida
By W. Hodding Carter

From the Publisher
In December 2000, President Clinton signed into law a $7.8 billion restoration plan for the Everglades that garnered national attention and has since become America's touchstone for environmental issues. Enter W. Hodding Carter, a man already bemused by the state of Florida and determined to see what, if any, progress has been made with the Everglades. For reasons unclear even to him, this amazing, remote, mosquito-infested, hard-to-love region has captured Carter's imagination and won't let go. So, for the past few years, Carter has examined the Everglades from all angles -- social, political, cultural, environmental -- culminating in an ungodly canoe trip through the heart of the Everglades. Always humane, often controversial, and highly readable, Hodding Carter has brought to life this murky, alluring place through his powerful eyewitness account and swampy mishaps. Stolen Water is narrative nonfiction at its best, from one of our most talented and funny writers.


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The Swamp
The Everglades, Florida and the Politics of Paradise
By Michael Grunwald

From Publishers Weekly
Starred Review. Washington Post reporter Grunwald brings the zeal of his profession—and the skill that won him a Society of Environmental Journalists Award in 2003—to this enthralling story of "the river of grass" that starry-eyed social engineers and greedy developers have diverted, drained and exploited for more than a century. In 1838, fewer than 50 white people lived in south Florida, and the Everglades was seen as a vast and useless bog. By the turn of this century, more than seven million people lived there (and 40 million tourists visited annually). Escalating demands of new residents after WWII were sapping the Everglades of its water and decimating the shrinking swamp's wildlife. But in a remarkable political and environmental turnaround, chronicled here with a Washington insider's savvy, Republicans and Democrats came together in 2000 to launch the largest ecosystem restoration project in America's history. This detailed account doesn't shortchange the environmental story—including an account of the senseless fowl hunts that provoked abolitionist Harriet Beecher Stowe's 1877 broadside "Protect the Birds." But Grunwald's emphasis on the role politics played in first despoiling and now reclaiming the Everglades gives this important book remarkable heft. 18 pages of b&w photos; 7 maps. (Mar.)
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