Congressman Alcee L. Hastings (D-FL) released the following statement on the passing of Florida environmental activist, Nathaniel Reed:
“It is with great sadness that I learned of the passing of Nathaniel Reed this afternoon. Nathaniel was a stellar supporter of national parks, a staunch environmental advocate, and co-author of the Endangered Species Act. Nathaniel was a powerhouse of Florida politics, but more than that, he was a dear friend and a mentor to me, as well as to countless others.
“In a long career spent both in and out of government service, Nathaniel played a role in stopping construction of the world’s largest airport in Big Cypress Swamp, helped establish a national park in Biscayne Bay, and assisted in preserving more than 100 million acres of parks and wildlife refuges in Alaska.
“During his six decades of activism, he was a tireless crusader for the environment and the Everglades. Nathaniel inspired generations of conservationists, and what he did for America’s River of Grass is immeasurable.
“He is survived by his wife of 54 years, Alita, three children, Adrian, Nathaniel Jr. and Lia, and five grandchildren. I offer my thoughts and prayers to Alita, his family, and all who called Nathaniel a friend during this great time of sadness."
Congressman Alcee L. Hastings serves as Senior Member of the House Rules Committee, Ranking Democratic Member of the U.S. Helsinki Commission, and Democratic Chairman of the Florida Delegation.