Nathaniel Reed’s new book – ‘Travels on the Green Highway: An Environmentalist’s Journey’


“Nathaniel Reed’s inspiring life story should energize anyone who cares about the air we breathe, the water we drink and the planet we share. With passion, tenacity and savvy political bridge-building, Reed has earned a special place among America’s most formidable crusaders for the environment.” – Carl Hiaasen, journalist and author


From Senator Bob Graham, on Jupiter Islander Nathaniel Reed’s new book, Travels on the Green Highway: “It is impossible to overstate the contribution Nathaniel Reed has made to transforming the culture of Florida. When he arrived more than six decades ago, Florida was continuing a long-held belief that Florida, its land, water, wildlife, other natural resources with few exceptions, were commodities to be used and disposed of at the will of the current generation of state residents. Nathaniel and a small band of his disciples in less than a decade evolved Florida to a new definition – a treasure for which each generation has a responsibility to protect for future Floridians.  In culture and politics no victory is assured.  Into his personal eighth decade Nathaniel battles frequent relapses into commoditization, his vigor and vision personifying the essential grandeur of natural Florida.”

This is a book of essays of Nathaniel Reed’s memories of behind the scenes events that helped shape this nation’s environmental laws during a period of environmental renaissance.

Nathaniel Reed received a B.A. from Trinity College in Connecticut and served as an officer in the U.S. Air Force military intelligence throughout Europe, North Africa and the Middle East.

Upon returning to Florida, he became Vice President and then President of the Hobe Sound Company, a real estate and holding company, which owned the Jupiter Island Club.

Mr. Reed has served seven governors. He is best known as the Chairman of the Commission on Florida’s Environmental Future.

He also served as Assistant Secretary of the Interior for Fish and Wildlife and Parks in the Nixon and Ford administrations.

He is a founding member of the Everglades Foundation and a member of the Board of Hope Rural School, a school for the children of migrant workers.

Mr. Reed is a former board member and Vice Chairman of the National Audubon Society and the Nature Conservancy, board member of the National Parks & Conservation Association, American Rivers and serves as emeritus on the boards of the Natural Resources Defense Council, National Geographic Society, Atlantic Salmon Federation and 1000 Friends of Florida, which he helped form.

Travels on the Green Highway: An Environmentalist’s Journey by Nathaniel Reed is available through online booksellers and Amazon:

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