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As the summer vacation and travel seasons opens, U.S. Secretary of the Interior David Bernhardt announced that visitor spending in communities near national parks in 2018 resulted in a $40.1 billion benefit to the nation’s economy and supported 329,000 jobs.

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Additional federal funding could be coming for Everglades restoration. The White House has revised a budget request to Congress and is seeking to provide $200 million to the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers for Everglades work, a boost of $137 million from an earlier proposal.

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National Park Week --- April 20 - 28.  Fee Free Day is Saturday, April 20. Park entrance is free for all visitors.       It’s National Park Week and as part of the celebration, we’re highlighting park programs that help us meet the park service mission of preserving the nation’s natural and …

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Here in Everglades National Park, we owe a lot to women. After all, women first led the effort to preserve this special place back in the early 1900s. Female conservationists and scientists have continued that legacy as caretakers and defenders of the park. Here, we highlight just a few wome…

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Aggressive Exotic Plants Endanger the Everglades

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It was my first time in South Florida and I wanted to see an Oustalet’s chameleon. My husband knew that this was the only way he’d ever convince me to move here, and so he obliged. After securing permission, we headed to a nearby avocado farm with our headlamps ready.

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On Saturday September 15th anglers Erik Tietig and John Sanchez witnessed a 7' gator kill and carry away a Burmese python estimated to measure 10' in length. The anglers reported the take down occurring in the backcountry of Everglades National Park near the mangroves. 

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In 1951, John Pennekamp, a longtime conservationist and member of the newly created Board of State Parks and Historic Memorials, addressed the Florida Legislature. The title and main topic of that speech was "playgrounds for all the people." His dedication and service to the state park syste…

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   U.S. Senator Marco Rubio’s office sent the News Leader a letter the Senator sent to the Army Corps of Engineers asking for their support in alleviating the persistent flooding effecting the farm fields near Everglades National Park (ENP).

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The Homestead National Parks Trolley, South Florida’s only public transportation to Everglades & Biscayne National Parks, will resume normal service on Saturday, January 27, 2018, and continue every weekend through April 29, 2018. This award-winning service offering a free ride, free gui…

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  What is the most popular national park in Florida? To no ones surprise it’s Everglades National Park which had 930,907 visitors in 2016 who spent $91,321 at the park, reports 24/7 Wall St. in an article titled, “The Most Popular National Park in Every State.” 

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Living in South Florida has been a great experience for me.

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Department of the Interior Secretary Ryan Zinke visits the Park, committing to rebuilding what Irma destroyed.

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Floridians bracing for the pounding winds and rains of powerful Hurricane Irma are complaining at a historic clip about price gouging and shortages of fuel, Attorney General Pam Bondi said Thursday.

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On Monday, August 21, a total solar eclipse will turn day into night for a few short minutes around the country.  In South Florida we will see a partial eclipse.

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Celebrating the start of the Biscayne National Park Institute - the pilot program for intensive park experiences in all three of our local National Parks.

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Amethyst clouds sweep over Biscayne Bay. Sunlight filters through gaps in the dark canopy of sky. The light causes the shallow bay to glow in patches of brilliant turquoise and indigo. While this particular display of beauty is unexpected, such wonders are common occurrences in Biscayne Nati…

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Beginning on Thanksgiving this year, Everglades National Park opened Joe Bay, and adjacent Snag Bay, to the public for the first time in more than 30 years. The area will allow non-motorized boating and become the park's first catch-and-release fishing area.

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When traveling in Miami on U.S. 41, also called Tamiami Trail, 8th Street or "Calle Ocho," as it's affectionately known by the locals, you can easily feel that you're in a never-ending urban landscape. But if you continue west and cross Krome Avenue, you realize that you have arrived in a di…

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Since the 1970s the 482nd Civil Engineering Squadron have been making trips to Fort Jefferson in the Dry Tortugas National Park assisting in preserving the historical site, but this was the first year they were joined by Marines from the 45th Combat Logistics Regiment and Airmen from the 301…

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Every visit to Biscayne National Park is an adventure filled with charm, wonder and beauty. This is no surprise. Visitors have come to national parks for over a century in search of such things. This year is the 100th anniversary of the National Park Service.

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Everglades National Parks, has notified over 300 registered fishing guides in Everglades National Park that the U.S. Coast Guard plans to remove aids-to-navigation in park waters between Coot Bay and the mouth of the Shark River. The removal of day beacons is scheduled to begin in late August.

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The National Park Service has selected Margaret L. Goodro to lead Biscayne National Park as its next superintendent. Goodro replaces Brian Carlstrom, who left the position in November 2015 to serve in a Deputy Associate Director position in the Washington, D.C. office of the National Park Service.

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Last week, we discussed the history of wetlands drainage and the need for restoration. Today, Everglades restoration is in full swing. Since former Florida Gov. Bob Graham announced the Save Our Everglades Program in 1983, there have been many hurdles to overcome. This initiative made the fi…

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Biscayne National Park got 45 acres larger overnight last week. In lieu of a complicated science fiction plot, all that was needed to increase the size of the park in an instant was a simple yes vote from the Miami-Dade County Commission. Which it got.

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If you want to see a shark in the South Florida national parks, you go to Shark Valley or Shark River Slough in Everglades National Park, right?

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Within the crevice of the Everglades there resides Flamingo, where fishermen and campers hearts are content. Nature with its own presence affects mankind to blush with their ‘oohs’ and ‘aahs’ that speaks the astonishing enchantment that the ecosystem has accumulated through natural disasters…

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Everglades National Park invites the public to enjoy a photography exhibit by members of the South Florida National Parks Camera Club at the Ernest F. Coe Visitor Center Gallery during the whole month of June. An Artist’s Reception is being held on Sunday, June 5 from 2:00-4:30 p.m.

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Longtime visitors to Flamingo in Everglades National Park have witnessed the gradual and unfortunate decline of the physical condition of the district's facilities after Hurricanes Katrina and Wilma in 2005. Many of these visitors have been waiting more than a decade to see some improvements…

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Laughter. Excitement. Anticipation. And a little bit of fear. A group of fourth grade students from Miami arrive at Everglades National Park on a yellow school bus looking forward to a day of exploring. Will they see alligators? Will they see a Florida panther? Will mosquitoes bite them?