Today commemorates the 75th anniversary of the Everglades National Park. FIU is helping preserve the largest subtropical wilderness in the United States as part of the Florida Coastal Everglades (FCE) LTER Program in the National Science Foundation's Long Term Ecological Research (LTER) Network, based at the university's Institute of Environment.
Learn about the work researchers are doing in the video above.
“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. Nothing anywhere else is like them: their vast glittering openness, wider than the enormous visible round of the horizon, the racing free saltness and sweetness of their massive winds, under the dazzling blue heights of space. They are unique also in the simplicity, the diversity, the related harmony of the forms of life they enclose. The miracle of the light pours over the green and brown expanse of saw grass and of water, shining and slow-moving below, the grass and water that is the meaning and the central fact of the Everglades of Florida. It is a river of grass.”
— Opening lines of Marjory Stoneman Douglas’ seminal book, The Everglades: River of Grass.