There has been lots of discussion and debate on the Traveler in recent months over the size of the National Park System as well as the propriety of some of the units in that system. Most recently, a reader took issue with a piece looking at Fort Vancouver National Historic Site that questioned what the goal of the historic site really was.
Biscayne National Park
Biscayne National Park Superintendent Brian Carlstrom submitted the following letter in response to Traveler's story on Florida Congressional Offices Want To Block Biscayne National Park's Fisheries Plan.
Fewer than 100 miles separate Big Cypress National Preserve in Florida from Biscayne National Park, yet when it comes to views on preservation the two parks are light-years apart.bicy-donahue_wilderness_survey.pdf
As someone who has been actively involved in the development of the Biscayne National Park general management plan for over a decade, I was frustrated to read the misleading and inaccurate quotes from the National Park Service and the National Parks Conservation Association in the recent National Parks Traveler article, “Florida Congressional Offices Want To Block Biscayne National Park's Fisheries Plan.”
At first glance, the latest foreign invader to threaten Florida ecosystems doesn't seem nearly as impressive as Burmese pythons, whose length can exceed twenty feet, or lionfish, whose colorful spines can deliver a venomous sting. Despite its small size, however, the wider impact of the "New Guinea flatworm" could eventually be even more serious than that of the pythons.
A challenge to Biscayne National Park's efforts to improve the health of their fisheries has been mounted by three of Florida's congressional representatives, including one who has drafted legislation to require state approval before the National Park Service moves to restrict commercial or recreational fishing access in areas of the Great Lakes or U.S. marine waters that it oversees.2015-06-23_republican_hearing_request_re_biscayne_national_park_gmp_.pdf
Sport divers are invited to attend a workshop at Biscayne National Park in Florida on how to record archaeologial sites without disturbing them. The course, sponsored by the Submerged Sites Education and Archaeological Stewardship organization, is scheduled for August 20-23.
More than 10,000 watery acres of Biscayne National Park is being designated a "no fishing area" in a bid to improve the overall health of fisheries and coral reef systems in the park.
The Convoy Point Channel is an important route for boaters at Biscayne National Park—it is the only marine passageway to Biscayne Bay from Homestead Bayfront Park, park headquarters and the Dante Fascell Visitor Center. The route becomes clogged with mostly human-discarded debris, but thanks to a recent volunteer route, the passage is now clear.
The deafening roar of the 225-horsepower Mercury engine propelled our skiff across the turquoise expanse of Biscayne Bay. It was hard to imagine that less than an hour earlier I’d been sipping a café cubano in the heart of downtown Miami. Here we were though, making headway toward an offshore reef to explore some of South Florida’s renowned marine habitat.