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Marjorie Harris Carr

Ecology Project

Kayla Scott

on 14 December 2012

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Marjorie Harris Carr Marjorie was born March 26, 1915 in Boston, Massachusetts. Marjorie died October 10, 1998. As a child, Marjorie and her family moved to Lee County in southwest Florida. In 1936, Marjorie received a B.S in zoology from Florida State College for women. In 1942 Marjorie received a M.A from the University of Florida. In 1937 Marjorie married her husband Archie Carr. Marjorie and her husband, Archie had five children together. Marjorie's parents were both naturalists, I believe this may have been what inspired her. Archie was a biologist and a conservationist. Archie wrote several books. One called A Naturalist in Florida. Marjorie herself was the editor. What Marjorie is famous for: Marjorie's most significant accomplishment was the long battle to stop the construction of the Cross Florida Barge Canal. It was a multi-million dollar project that threatened that areas ecosystem. During the 1960's Marjorie grew active in conservation. Her efforts led to the formation of Payne's Prairie Wildlife refugee. Which is now a major state park in Florida. Marjorie was also involved in various efforts to educate the public about the natural world and instill in them a desire to keep it. Marjorie Began fighting the project in 1962
Marjorie founded the Florida Defenders of the Enviornment in 1969. This was an organization committed to defeating the project. In 1970, the organization presented a report to the government called an "environmental impact statement". This provided thorough scientific, technical, and economic research that proved what environmental damage and economic unsoundness the canal project would cause. It was the first report submitted by a citizen's group that provided hard, convincing scientific evidence to persuade the government to halt the project. It worked. In 1971 the canal project was abandoned.
Florida's governor at the time, Lawton Chiles, remarked that “few people have Marjorie's intelligence, perseverance, scientifically based understanding of the environment, and ability to lead citizens. Her efforts to deauthorize the Cross Florida Barge Canal began with one person and ended years later with thousands of citizens convincing their elected representatives of the detrimental nature of this project.” Today the area that was going to be used for the canal is now a recreational area preserving a variety natural habitats. In honor of Marjorie Carr's conservation efforts, it is now called the Marjorie Harris Carr Cross Florida Greenway.
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