• Beach walkway to white sandy beach and bluegreen waters

    Gulf Islands

    National Seashore FL,MS

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President John Quincy Adams

In 1828 the United States purchased land, which now comprises the Gulf Islands National Seashore Naval Live Oaks Area, with the goal of conserving its valuable timber resources for ship building. President John Quincy Adams authorized the establishment of the first federal tree farm in the panhandle of Florida with operations beginning January 18, 1829.

Did You Know?

WWII dog trainers at Cat Island, Mississippi located at Gulf Islands National Seashore.

Because of the tropical-like conditions, the U. S. Army established the Cat Island War Dog Training Camp in south Mississippi during World War II. A variety of dog breeds were trained to guard, deliver messages, and attack the enemy. Cat Island is part of Gulf Islands National Seashore.