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“Give me clean water.”

– pleads Mary Ann Martin

In the documentary, “THE UNSEEN EVERGLADES: Inside a Legendary Wilderness, ” Charles J. Kropke introduces us to Mary Ann Martin, who owns the world-renowned Roland Martin Marina on Lake Okeechobee in Clewiston, Florida. She speaks for herself and the rest of us when she pleadingly says “give me clean water.”  Mary Ann Martin is a guardian of Lake Okeechobee which is being badly polluted by sugar cane and farming run-off.  The documentary magnificently describes the issues surrounding the ever dwindling water supply of the Florida Everglades. Click here to watch the trailer.

“Where in the Everglades is Charles?”

In the documentary, “THE UNSEEN EVERGLADES: Inside a Legendary Wilderness, “ Charles J. Kropke is moved by a passion to guide people through the Everglades, “I want the world to know that the Everglades is a place of incredible, subtle beauty.”  Unlike other National parks, it’s not as immediately striking.  “When you start to explore the everglades it’s like a subtle love affair that grows and grows and once it’s upon you it becomes a lifetime passion.” Click here to watch the trailer.

“Everything stays here”

–says 4th Generation Cattle Rancher

In the one-hour documentary, “THE UNSEEN EVERGLADES: Inside a Legendary Wilderness,” host Charles J. Kropke takes us on a journey into the Everglades to meet LeeAnn Simmons, a 4th generation Florida cattle rancher living in the Kissimmee River Basin.  According to Simmons, cattle ranchers do less damage to the wetlands than other forms of agriculture. Also, partnerships have been formed that enable cattle ranchers to sell their development rights through conservation easement land rights programs.  “The environment benefits tremendously from our conservation easement program because the deer, the turkey, all the birds – everything – stays here,” says Simmons. “Furthermore, the program improves the quantity and quality of Florida’s fresh water that flows down south of us.” Click here to watch the trailer.

“If you can go to the moon, you can restore the Everglades.”

–Nathaniel Reed

In the one-hour documentary, “THE FLORIDA EVERGLADES: Inside a Legendary Wilderness,” host Charles J. Kropke learns about restoring the “River of Grass” from Nathaniel Reed – The Everglades Foundation Co-Founder and Assistant Secretary of the Interior under President Gerald Ford. “If we can send a manned flight to the moon, we can restore the Everglades. “We can reproduce a working Florida Everglades that we can be bloody proud of,” Reed says. Click here to watch the trailer.

John Tigertail and Papa Gator chat almost every morning.

In the documentary, “THE UNSEEN EVERGLADES: Inside a Legendary Wilderness, “ Charles J. Kropke visits with Johnny Tigertail, a Miccosukee tribesman who has been talking to Papa Gator for over twenty-five years.  Johnny Tigertail grew up in the tree islands, where his family and tribe have lived for about 150 years.   The Miccosukee Tribe still practice their own healing medicine out there.

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