Man Behind Endangered Species Act Dies at 84
The conservationist’s passion for the Florida Everglades was “contagious,” according to those who knew him.
Few people loved the Florida everglades more than Nathaniel “Nat” Reed.
The late 84-year-old devoted his life to conserving an ecosystem he saw as under siege. He was a prolific environmental advocate in his work as a government aide, Everglades Foundation founder, National Geographic board member, and Endangered Species Act co-author, among his numerous other contributions to non-profit advocacy.
“It would be perfect if I could catch one last, perfect salmon before I go,” Reed's son Adrian tells the Tampa Bay Times of his father's last ruminations.
And it was, in fact, a fishing trip on which Reed sustained injuries that would lead to his death. On July 3, Reed was fishing on Canada's Grand Cascapedia River when he fell, causing head