Everglades National Park

Essay by crabbxx1College, UndergraduateA, July 2009

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In today's growing world, the preservation of species is needed to protect them from extinction. As we continue to grow, more area is used and less wild land is left behind. This makes it harder to support the vast species of both animals and plants all across the world. But thanks to the United States, the government has been working to protect these species. The largest home to the most eclectic group of species in the world is the Everglades National Park. What types of plants and animals are located here? What are we doing to protect the area? What are the problems the Everglades are facing?The Everglades National Park was established on December 6, 1947 under the May 1934 Act of Congress. The park was designated an International Biosphere Reserve on October 26, 1976 (Wikipedia, 2007). Biosphere Reserve was designed to meet one of the most difficult challenges in the world today.

They are trying to maintain and conserve the diversity of plants, animals and micro-organisms which make up our living biosphere while at the same time meeting the material needs of an increasing population. To do this, each Biosphere Reserve is intended to fulfill three basic functions: 1) conservation of important biological resources; 2) development of environmentally sound economic growth; and 3) support for research, monitoring, education, and information exchange related to conservation issues. The park was then designated a Wetland of International Significance in 1987. The Everglades National Park is the largest of its kind covering 1.5 million acres (Molloy, 2007). The park is located on the southern tip of the Florida peninsula, along the Gulf of Mexico (UNESCO, 2007). The park is surrounded by the urban and agricultural areas of Miami, Homestead, and Florida City to the east. The Florida Straits and Florida Keys are...