Edge of the Everglades: Big Cypress National Preserve
Edge of the Everglades: Big Cypress National Preserve Previous Broadcasts
KQED World: Sat, Aug 3, 2013 -- 10:30 PM
Narrated by Peter Thomas (Nova), this program tells the story of the massive, mysterious marshland that continues to inspire deep passions for - and bitter debate about - one of the last great wild places in the world. On the western edge of the Everglades, beyond the sawgrass prairies of the famed River of Grass, lies the cypress-studded marshland known as the Big Cypress Swamp. The vast wet wilderness - a mosaic of marshes, cypress trees, pinelands and prairies once slated to house the world's largest jetport - now stands as a testament to compromise. In 1974, unlikely allies - conservationists and hunters - brokered a controversial deal which attempted to satisfy both environmental and recreational interests.