Thursday, December 6, 2012

On December 6

On this day in ...
... 1947 (65 years ago today), President Harry S. Truman dedicated Everglades National Park, thus setting aside for conservation 1.5 million acres of wetlands and subtropical wilderness in south Florida. His dedication speech lavished praise on the site:

'Here is land, tranquil in its quiet beauty, serving not as the source of water, but as the last receiver of it. To its natural abundance we owe the spectacular plant and animal life that distinguishes this place from all others in our country.'
To this day, the park is home to threatened species like the Florida panther and the American crocodile, to multiple fish and wading birds, and to a huge mangrove forest. (credit for photos here and here)

(Prior December 6 posts are here, here, herehere, and here.)

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