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Amelia Island State Park 12157 Heckscher Drive Jacksonville, FL 32226 904-251-2320 Big Talbot Island State Park 12157 Heckscher Drive Jacksonville, FL 32226 (904) 251-2320

Everglades National Park is a national park in the U.S. state of Florida that protects the southern 25 percent of the original Everglades. It is the largest subtropical wilderness in the United States, and is visited on average by one million people each year. It is the third-largest national park in the lower 48 states. It has been declared an International Biosphere Reserve, a World Heritage Site, and a Wetland of International Importance, only one of three locations in the world to appear on all three lists. Unlike most U.S. national parks, Everglades National Park was created to protect a fragile ecosystem instead of safeguarding a unique geographic feature. Thirty-six species designated as threatened or protected live in the park, including the Florida panther, the American crocodile, and the West Indian manatee. All of South Florida's fresh water, which is stored in the Biscayne Aquifer, is recharged in the park. In the 20th century the natural water flow from Lake Okeechobee was controlled and diverted to the explosive growth of the South Florida metropolitan area. The park was established in 1934 to protect the quickly vanishing Everglades. The ecosystems in Everglades National Park have suffered significantly from human activity, and the repair and restoration of the Everglades is a politically charged issue in South Florida. Read the rest of this article: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Everglades_National_Park

Dry Tortugas National Park, Florida The Dry Tortugas on the west end of the Florida Keys are the site of Fort Jefferson, the largest masonry structure in the Western Hemisphere. With most of the park being water, it is the home of coral reefs and shipwrecks and is only accessible by plane or boat.

Everglades National Park The Everglades are the largest subtropical wilderness in the United States. This mangrove ecosystem and marine estuary is home to 36 protected species, including the Florida panther, American crocodile, and West Indian manatee. Some areas have been drained and developed; restoration projects aim to restore the ecology.

Biscayne National Park, Florida Located in Biscayne Bay, this park at the north end of the Florida Keys has four interrelated marine ecosystems: mangroveforest, the Bay, the Keys, and coral reefs. Threatened animals include the West Indian Manatee, American crocodile, various sea turtles, and peregrine falcon.
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Redwood poaching spreads to national forests

Redwood burl poaching spreads from national park to national forests
By Jeff Barnard, Associated Press Writer

GRANTS PASS, Ore. (AP) -- The poaching of knobby growths on ancient redwood trees has spread to national forests in Northern California and Oregon.The growths, known as burls, appear at the base of redwood trees, where they send out sprouts. Their intricate grain is prized for furniture and decorations. Read more



State Parks Foundation

The America's State Parks Foundation is the Nationwide Voice for America's State Parks. Our state parks comprise 14 million acres of public open space and host over 720 million visits annually, generating over $20 billion in economic benefits to states and communities, conserving and protecting irreplaceable natural and cultural resources, and promoting healthy outdoor life styles and experiences for all Americans. The America's State Parks Foundation is the only national-level non-profit whose sole purpose is to advance the missions and purposes of America's State Parks.


The Mission of the America's State Parks Foundation is to promote the value of America's State Parks, for environmental stewardship, for health and well-being of Americans and for economic development; and to energize the State Park Movement working in collaboration with state park agencies, their non-profit partners and other allies and supporters of parks, conservation and preservation in America.
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List of national parks of the United States

There are 398 official units of the National Park System
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The United States has 58 protected areas known as national parks, which are operated by the National Park Service, an agency of the Department of the Interior. National parks must be established by an act of the United States Congress.

27 states have national parks, as do the insular areas of American Samoa and the United States Virgin Islands. Alaska and California have the most, each with 8, followed by Utah with 5 and Colorado with 4. The largest national park is Wrangell–St. Elias, at over 8 million acres, followed by three more in Alaska; the smallest is Hot Springs, at less than 6 thousand acres. The total area protected by national parks is approximately 51.9 million acres, for an average of 895 thousand acres but a median of only 317 thousand acres. The most-visited national park is Great Smoky Mountains, followed by the Grand Canyon, with over four million. Fourteen national parks are designated World Heritage Sites.

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