For over twenty-five years, the Everglades Foundation has been a guardian of the Everglades. Started by George Barley and Paul Tudor Jones II. Unfortunately, shortly after the Foundation was formed, Mr. Barley was killed in a small plane crash.
Mr. Barley was a seventh generation Floridian, born in Jacksonville, in 1934. After he graduated from Harvard University, he moved back to Florida and started his own real estate firm. A lover of nature, he became deeply concerned about the environment, especially the need to restore and protect the Everglades. He served on several environmental boards and commissions while leading the battle to make polluters pay for removing their pollution from the Everglades. After his death, his wife Mary Barley continued his legacy.
Paul Tudor Jones II, a graduate of the University of Virginia, is the founder, Co-Chairman and Chief Investment Officer of the Tudor Group of companies. A substantial amount of his personal time is dedicated to philanthropic and natural resource conservation efforts. He is also the founder and director of the Robin Hood Foundation, an organization with a single mission to end poverty in New York City. Mr. Jones resides in Florida.
What They Do
The Everglades Foundation is a leader in science initiatives beginning with hydrology. Knowing that one in every three Floridians relies on the Everglades for their water supply, through mathematics and computer programs, they run “what-if…” scenarios. This helps decide what can and should be done to restore the Everglades.
Ecological research is centered on understanding how humans impact the spread of invasive species, urban development, off-road vehicle use, and oil and gas activity to the plant and animal life across the Everglades. Partnering with agencies, academic institutions, and environmental organizations, they tap into an extensive body of scientific information and peer-reviewed research.
Improving the water quality requires research on what causes imbalances in native flora and fauna. After research is analyzed, it is determined what actions need to be taken to correct the problems. It is well known that restoring the Everglades will take more than just putting the right amounts of water back.
For planning and project implementation, the science team at the Everglades Foundation work hand-in-hand with government agencies and stakeholders for science-based solutions. After contributing modeling information, reviewing scientific research analyses, they work to educate decision makers and the public on various issues.
With a concerted effort of government agencies, non-profit organization and research entities, the single most important projects are not in-the-lab, test-tube science. Rather, it is the synthesis of all of the scientific work being conducted on the entire Everglades ecosystem. This goes from the Kissimmee River through Lake Okeechobee and into the southern Everglades and Florida Bay.
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