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Segment: Threat of the Melaleuca to South Florida
Source: Interview with Sharyn Richardson, Secretary of Friends of the Everglades and personal assistant
to Marjory Stoneman Douglas. Videotaped at the Douglas House in Coconut Grove.
Length of Segment: 00:01:28
Transcript and audio recording are copyright 1983-2009 Florida International University.
Richardson: And then we have ongoing things. We're always collecting information about exotics. That's
another one of our pet projects. Our exotics, particularly the melaleuca, because the melaleuca is a big
problem in South Florida and people think it's a beautiful tree. We heard somebody, recently, tell us
that the melaleuca was the only tree that he'd ever seen that he wanted to hug. I was really shocked,
but I can see how people would think that because it's not a bad looking tree and because it's got that
peely skin, I guess some people feel they would like to hug it, but it's terrible. It's a terrible tree and it's
taking over the Big Cypress and people don't realize that. More people need to become aware, need to
bear witness to the atrocities that are going on around us, not just with the way things are handled by
the bureaucracy or by developers, whatever, but just, just nature or, well, the exotics aren't exactly
natural, but there's always something. There's always so much that people need to be involved in and
we're just a drop in the bucket."