Even before the official list of hotspots, naturalists recognized
the value of preserving the Florida Everglades.
Everglades National Park was established in 1947
and was the first national
park created to preserve purely biological resources (no geological
resources). (National Park Service, 2002) Located at the southern end
of the Everglades, the 1,507,850-acre park is home to the largest
subtropical wilderness in the country. (Encarta, "Everglades National Park")
Today, the park exposes thousands of people to nature annually
through hikes, bird watching programs, canoe trails and scores of
day- and nighttime programs. (National Park Service, 2002)
This ecotourism is designed to help visitors see
the value in preserving the Everglades and is one of the most popular
conservation efforts used across the globe.