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 »
50 Years Ago Today - Remembering Northwest Orient Flight 705
Contact: General Park Information:, 305-242-7700
Contact: Mary Plumb, Public Affairs Officer (Acting), 305-242-7714
HOMESTEAD, Florida - Everglades National Park commemorates the loss of 43 people who perished 50 years ago today when Flight 703 broke apart mid-air due to severe weather and crashed in a remote area of Everglades National Park. Lost in the accident were 35 passengers and 8 crew members, who are remembered this day by the loved ones they left behind and the people who care for Everglades National Park. Northwest Orient Airlines Flight 705 was a scheduled passenger flight operated on February 12, 1963 by a Boeing 720 aircraft that took off from Miami International Airport, flew into a severe thunderstorm, and crashed into the Everglades. The plane was destined to Portland, Oregon, via Chicago, Spokane, and Seattle. For more information, visit a blog set up byTheresa Heil Trebon, of Sedro-Woolley, Washington, who lost her father in the accident (http://northwestorient705. wordpress.com).
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Did You Know?
Over fifty-nine color varieties of the Liguus Tree Snail have been seen in and around the Everglades ecosystem. They graze on the algae and lichen that grows on smooth-barked trees. During the dry winter months, they are usually sealed to these trees to conserve moisture.