What the late John Muir was to Yosemite -- its greatest cheerleader, its devoted defender -- the late Ernest Coe was to the Florida Everglades. Like Muir, he was far ahead of his time, waging a long, lonely and not entirely successful war against the forces of development and destruction.
Unlike Muir, he is almost entirely forgotten today, for the place he loved is no grand vista of mountains and waterfalls, drawing millions of awed tourists with cameras clicking. The Everglades are tougher to love -- flat, hot, buggy, even boring in the eyes of some -- and yet every bit as much a national and natural treasure as Yosemite and our other national parks.
Resource: National Geographic, April 1994.