21st Challenge Preserving Native Florida

New Book By: Nancy Dale, Ph.d.


Life is not predictable as the inspired people in this book express through their dedication and challenges.  These are true stories of Floridians contributing to the preservation of “old traditions” and preserving life in the 21st century as summarized here:

“The Florida ‘Cracker Trail” is a “tribute to the pioneer ‘cow hunters’ who poled through deep swamps with family stowed in wooden carts, cattle and dogs tramping alongside to forge a new beginning in Wild Florida,” says MARVIN KAHN, FOUNDER AND RESEARCHER CITRUS GREENING.

CAN FLORIDA’S FRESH WATER BE SUSTAINED IN THE AGE OF URBAN DEVELOPMENT?  KATRINA ELSKEN, INDEPENDENT NEWS MEDIA.

“IT IS NOT ONLY THE BIRDS WHO ARE RUNNING OUT OF WATER BUT PEOPLE ARE TOO.”  What can be done to save both?   PAUL GRAY, FLORIDA AUDUBON

In the early 1920’s with hard work and dedication in the middle of the scrub country at Palmdale, Tom Gaskins, Sr. established the HISTORIC CYPRESS KNEE MUSEUM: IT IS REBORN IN THE 21ST CENTURY.

THE KISSIMMEE RIVER COMES TO LIFE AGAIN as the birds nest, the fish swim and the river flows clear.  LOISA KERVIN, DIRECTOR RIVERSWOOD LABS.

THE BEAUTIFUL AND INTELLIGENT FLORIDA BLACK BEAR. “We protect the black bear to safely survive,” MIKE ORLANDO, BEAR MANAGEMENT PROGRAM

“UNDERWATER ‘DEADHEAD LOGGING” OF ANCIENT CYPRESS TREES, I WOULDN’T HAVE IT ANY OTHER WAY” preserving the natural beauty through artistic carvings.  JOHN CLAYTOR, LOGGER AND ARTIST.

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THE FLIGHT OF THE BUMBLE BEES BUT NOT AT THE LABELLE HONEY STORE.  “APARIST” RENE CURTIS PRATT tells the story of bees.

“I use a pitcher pump for fresh water and live a natural life,” says GREG JOHNSON, PALMDALE, LIVING OFF THE ELECTRIC GRID.

“MAKE YOU THE WORLD A BIT BETTER AND MORE BEAUTIFUL BECAUSE YOU LIVED IN IT, (EDWARD BOK), says GREG KRAMER, HORTICULTURIST BOK TOWER GARDENS.

I hope the reader will reflect and emulate the contributions of these legendary figures making history every day.  CONTACT:  www.nancydalephd.com to order inscribed copy; nancydalephd@gmail.com  (863 214-8351) and for other 5 books on true stories of Florida Pioneer “Cow Hunters”.

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