Biscayne National Park

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Biscayne National Park
Florida
Established in 1980
172,971 acres
Visitation (2010) 467,612

Biscayne National Park, located just a few miles from the city of Miami in south Florida's Miami-Dade County, is home to the longest stretch of mangrove forest remaining on Florida's east coast, at least 16 threatened or endangered wildlife species, and part of the only living tropical coral reef system in the continental United States.

The park is located along the southeastern margin of the Florida peninsula and encompasses much of Biscayne Bay, making it one of the largest marine parks in the National Park System. Biscayne National Park protects part of the third-largest coral reef system in the world and the longest stretch of mangrove forest remaining on Florida's east coast, providing habitat and nursery grounds for most of the region's important commercial and recreational fish, shellfish, and crustaceans. Many visitors travel to Biscayne to dive, snorkel, canoe, kayak, windsurf, or fish, further underscoring the importance of conserving the park's resources. The park also harbors many endangered species, including the West Indian manatee, American crocodile, and Schaus swallowtail butterfly.

Source
  • http://www.npca.org/parks/biscayne-national-park.html
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