Biscayne National Park

Neighbors 4 Neighbors is proud to be partnering with the Herbert W. Hoover Foundation in an effort to bring awareness to a national treasure in our own backyard, Biscayne National Park.  

2018 marks the 50th Anniversary of Biscayne National Park.  Along with our partners at the Herbert W. Hoover Foundation, we are excited to celebrate this one a kind treasure with you.  This special place is like no other National Park in the US, with most of it underwater, many don't release the life lives within it.  We are honored to share with you all that park has and how important it is to us, even miles from the shore.

Join us as we share all the wonders of this special area and how you can help to conserve it and the surrounding areas. 

Start your journey of discovery now National Park Service / Biscayne National Park Site

One of the best ways to see this watery wonderland is with Guided Tours Click here for more info on those.

Mangroves are a very special kind of tree, they serve as a filtration system, their roots protect the shore from storm surge and they provide an estuary for young fish. Preserving, protecting and restoring these magical forests is not only important to Biscayne National Park, but to all of us who live in South Florida.  Without these trees, our shorelines are at risk from eroding as well as flooding. This effects homes and businesses inland as well as along the coast. Without mangroves our ocean struggles to keep the water fresh clean which effects sealife of all kinds, as well as the fish we eat.  Even if you've never been to Biscayne National Park, keeping it strong and thriving is something we all need to concern ourselves with.  Our partners at the Herbert. H. Hoover Foundation are funding research that as uncovered new science that shines a new light on the importance of Mangroves.  One of these inspiring scientists is Mike Beck.  His work is inspiring a new appreciation for mangroves and other wetlands and their importance to our global environment. Here is a very interesting article published in Scientific American on how restoring our wetlands are stronger than any man made structures we can devise.

Deemed a national park in the 1980's, the park’s history extends back more than 10,000 years with evidence of historical artifacts unearthed on land and sea….The park protects the 3rd largest coral reef tracts in the World, as well as the longest stretch of mangrove forest in the U.S.  The clear, shallow waters of Biscayne Bay, the northernmost Florida keys and 10,000 years of human history….  From sealife and vegetation found nowhere else to… to historical ship wrecks that house not only their hidden treasure but a haven for the animals and plants call these warm waters home.

The park hosts not only these aquatic creatures but the millions who flock to its shores each year.  From guided tours to boating, fishing and most important, education and preservation, Biscayne National Park is works each day to conserve this watery wonderland that many never even knew they have visited. 
The park covers 172,971 acres and includes Elliott key, the park's largest island and first of the true Florida keys, formed from fossilized coral reef. The islands farther north in the park are transitional islands of coral and sand. The offshore portion of the park includes the northernmost region of the Florida reef, one of the largest coral reefs in the world.

Biscayne national park protects four distinct ecosystems: the shoreline mangrove swamp, the shallow waters of Biscayne Bay, the coral limestone keys and the offshore Florida reef. The shoreline swamps of the mainland and island margins provide a nursery for larval and juvenile fish, mollusks and crustaceans. The bay waters harbor juvenile and adult fish, seagrass beds, sponges, soft corals, and manatees. The keys are covered with tropical vegetation including endangered cacti and palms, and their beaches provide nesting grounds for endangered sea turtles. Offshore reefs and waters harbor more than 200 species of fish, pelagic birds and hard corals.

The Herbert W. Hoover foundation’s founder was instrumental in establishing this park to help conserve its beauty and importance to our ecosystem and shoreline protection.  

 The closest Coral Reef in the US, is Right off Our Shores

 Did you know,  Biscayne National Park has the 3rd largest barrier reef in the US, is in our backyard?  Biscayne National Park’s coral reefs are among the most biologically diverse ecosystems on earth.  Every crack and crevice seems to be occupied by something.  This reefs is the world’s most accessible too, just a few miles off our South Florida shores.  For this reason, they are also among the world's most vulnerable reefs. 

When diving, snorkeling, or boating, keep the following in mind:

Do not stand on, sit on, break, or touch corals. The tiny polyps are living animals and are fragile and can be easily damaged by even the gentlest touch.
  • Always be aware of where your feet are. In your excitement to share your discoveries with others, you could be hitting the reef with your fins.
  • When boating, use a chart to avoid running aground.
  • Use mooring buoys where available. When anchoring a vessel, ensure the anchor is firmly set in sandy areas, not in coral.

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