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    Gulf Islands

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Temporarily Closing of the Fort Pickens Pier

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Date: March 14, 2013
Contact: Rick Clark, 850-916-3011

Gulf Islands National Seashore Superintendent Dan Brown has announced that the fishing pier at Fort Pickens will be closed from 11:00 a.m. to 2:00 p.m. on Friday, March 15, 2013 for routine maintenance, as well as for the inventory and monitoring of natural resources.During this time, National Park Service divers will be evaluating fisheries, removing invasive species, trash, debris, and fishing line from the pier structure.This closure extends 25 yards in any direction from the pier, including the water.

"The Fort Pickens fishing pier is very popular," Brown said."These cleanups are designed to provide a cleaner and healthier environment for both the public on the pier, and the marine life beneath the pier.We regret the temporary inconvenience, but that is far outweighed by the benefits," he concluded.

For more information on this or other programs, contact the Naval Live Oaks Visitor Center at

850-934-2600 or visit our website at www.nps.gov/guis.

Did You Know?

Live oak trees are strong and durable.

In 1828, John Q. Adams designated the Naval Live Oaks Area of Gulf Islands National Seashore as the first United States tree farm. Live oak trees are known for their incredible density and resistance to disease. They provided durable wood for the construction of early naval vessels.