Everglades National Park

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Long Pine Key, Everglades National Park, Florida- click to see full size image
This is Long Pine Key. Being a Westerner, I tend to associate pine trees with the mountains. So you can imagine my surprise to see these groves of pine trees growing at about 8 feet above sea level. These Slash Pines are native to the Everglades and grow on slightly higher ground in the east portion of the park. The area was heavily logged at one time, this is primarily second growth. Most of the hiking trails in the park are located in this area where the elevation is slightly higher and there is more dry ground to build trails on. Just south of the Long Pine Key is a large area of former farmland that is being restored to swamp.


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