When most Americans think of the swamps in South Florida, the Everglades usually come to mind. The Big Cypress however, is more diverse in fauna and flora than the Everglades! These two separate ecosystems that neighbor each other consist of bogs, marshes, hammocks, and the famous “river of grass” the Everglades is known for.
When settlers came to the area they saw this as merely a swamp that is to be dug out and used for urban development.
Joe Browder spearheaded the resistance to build a development in this area. He actually relied on the alligator poachers, as they valued the land just as much as the Liberals, conservaties, and other advocates that wanted to protect big cypress. Browder had the poachers would survey the area to check for animal population.
Nathaniel Reed was politician who also cared for the protection and conservation of big cypress. He flew over the big cypress and saw they were going to build an airport over big a huge part of the swamp. Being a politician he was able to stop the process by legal means, stating it would disrupt the sheet flow of the Big Cypress.. Some remains of the beginning of the construction are still there today.
Today, about one million individuals visit the Preserve each year. They are allowed to hunt, camp, drill oil, and drive authorized vehicles through the swamp.