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Everglades National Parks turned 60
Author: teddygirl | Saturday December 15, 2007

Everglades National Park in southern Florida turned 60 years old on December, 6, 2007.

The following is from National Parks Conservation Association, an organization that is protecting parks for future generations.

The park was established in 1947 to conserve the region's amazing diversity in plant and animal life, and protects over 1.5 million acres of a unique subtropical habitat. It is the 3rd largest national park in the lower 48 states and the largest wilderness area east of the Mississippi River.

Like the "rivers of grass" that dominate the Everglades landscape, hurricanes are a recurring and natural part of the ecosystem in South Florida. Recently, hurricanes Katrina and Wilma devastated the area known as Flamingo in Everglades National Park. All existing structures, including the visitor center, lodge, restaurant, and cabins, were severely damaged or destroyed. NPCA is working to ensure that the redevelopment will enhance the visitor experience, include "green" technologies, and restore the natural habitats of America's Everglades.

For more information, visit NPCA's website.

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