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The Bitter Struggle For A National Park
"We have permanently safeguarded an irreplaceable primitive area," said President Truman as he dedicated Everglades National Park in 1947. Bit what is permanence, and what is "safeguarded"? Did he speak too soon?
April 1970 | Volume 21, Issue 3
In many respects there is a test case here for all Americans. In the Everglades are all the environmental stresses one is likely to encounter anywhere in the nation. It is no neat little package, to be sure, and as long as the jetport fight appears to have been resolved, public concern over the future of the Everglades will doubtless dwindle. But the park does reflect, in microcosm, the challenge that all citizens face wherever the landscape is being poisoned and the forces of nature abused. Indeed, if Everglades National Park is to be saved, it will be done because the discrete segments of our society will have found a way to work together. If that can be accomplished, then perhaps what the park has taught us can begin to save America.