Long Pine Key Campground Closed
Due to improvements to park roads and parking lots, the reopening of the Long Pine Key Campground will be delayed due to paving work. It will reopen mid-December. Those desiring to camp will be able to utilize the Flamingo Campground instead. More »
Exotic Vegetation Management Program
Everglades National Park encompasses about 1.5 million acres of which 1.3 million acres are designated as the only subtropical wilderness in the continental United States. Non-native (exotic) plants are a significant threat to the native plant communities of Everglades National Park. Approximately 1,000 plant species have been recorded in the park. Of these, more than 220 species are non-native. Because of limited funding, only a small number of these exotic plant species can be targeted for treatment. The most commonly targeted exotics are:
Brazilian pepper (Schinus terebinthifolius)
Estimates from 2010 digital mapping revealed that Brazilian pepper occurs on more than 48,461 acres, melaleuca occurs on more than 4,129 acres, Australian pine occurs on about 794 acres, and Lygodium occurs on more than 2,006 acres. However, these estimates were based on aerial surveys and are believed to greatly underestimate the actual distribution of the species monitored; they do not capture species that cannot be seen from the air. Overall, exotic plant species are estimated to occur on approximately 200,000 to 300,000 acres of the park.
View a map showing the distribution of the most common exotic plants in Everglades National Park.
Did You Know?
The endangered Florida Panther is closely monitored in Everglades National Park by aircraft and radio collars. Information about territory, movement, and food preference is critical in managing the future of this remarkable animal.