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Long Pine Key
On the Flamingo Road, Florida

This is the highest part of this very flat and low-lying park - just high enough to be suitable for pine forest. It represents a remnant of the geologic structure that underlies the heavily developed areas along Florida's southeast coast. It includes both a comfortable campground (much less plagued by insects than the one at Flamingo) and the Pinelands nature trail.Wikipedia: Everglades National Park on Wikipedia.

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Longleaf pine forest on Long Pine Key in the Everglades

Longleaf pine forest on Long Pine Key in the Everglades

Longleaf pine was the premier timber tree of the southeast, but was logged almost out of existence. The forest on Long Pine Key within the national park is a remaining example.

Royal Palm, Everglades National Park, Florida

Date photographed: March 16, 2015
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Pinelands nature trail through a pine forest thinned by fire

Pinelands nature trail through a pine forest thinned by fire

The Pinelands nature trail explains the important role of fire in the pine forest ecosystem.

Everglades National Park, Florida

Date photographed: March 16, 2015
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Hardwoods supplant pines in the absence of fire

Hardwoods supplant pines in the absence of fire

Without regular low intensity fire, pine forests will gradually evolve into mixed pine and hardwood forest with a dense jungly understory of shrubs.

Everglades National Park, Florida

Date photographed: March 16, 2015
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Palmettos dominate the understory in this pine forest

Palmettos dominate the understory in this pine forest

Palmettos are a distinctive feature of Flroida's pine forests, resisting fire almost as well as the pines.

Everglades National Park, Florida

Date photographed: March 16, 2015
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