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Heron at Florida Bay, Everglades National Park

Image: Mike Habeck

President Truman dedicated Everglades National Park on 6 December 1947. It is one of our largest parks, encompassing about a million and a half acres. It is also unusual in being one of the first parks set aside to protect an ecosystem rather than an area of great scenic beauty. The park is home to many endangered and threatened species, including the Florida Panther, American Crocodile, Manatees, and the world's largest remaining expanse of mangrove. There are no mountains here, but the seemingly endless expanse of sawgrass has a power that is undeniable.

The battle we have fought, and are still fighting for the forests is a part of the eternal conflict between right and wrong, and we cannot expect to see the end of it.
~John Muir ~

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