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.
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Gulf Islands National Seashore's Fort Massachusetts, on West Ship Island 12 miles off the Mississippi coastline, was covered by the 30-foot storm surge from Hurricane Katrina on August 29, 2005. The fort has been reopened to the public.