Be it enacted by the Senate and House of Representatives of the United States of America in Congress assembled, That there is hereby created in the Department of the Interior a service to be called the National Park Service…
100 years ago today the National Park Service was born. The new federal bureau took over the responsibility of protecting 35 national parks and monuments then existing. Today there are 59 national parks and 123 national monuments, including the largest marine park in the national system – Biscayne National Park – with 95% of the park underwater.
So, in celebration of 100 years of the National Park Service, a look at this national park so near and dear to downtown Miami.
Within sight of downtown Miami, yet worlds away, Biscayne protects a rare combination of aquamarine waters, emerald islands, and fish-bejeweled coral reefs. Here too is evidence of 10,000 years of human history, from pirates and shipwrecks to pineapple farmers and presidents. Outdoors enthusiasts can boat, snorkel, camp, watch wildlife…or simply relax in a rocking chair gazing out over the bay.
UPDATE: CBS Miami reports that “Biscayne National Park is welcoming 100 new citizens to the United States in honor of the National Park Service’s 100th birthday.”