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Celebrating Our National Parks: It’s All About Trees At These Nine National Parks

Photo credit: National Park Service.

Petrified Forest National Park in Arizona. Photo credit: National Park Service.

The National Park Service celebrates its centennial this year! Here is another look at some interesting facts inside our National Parks.

These nine parks will spark a love for trees, according to the National Parks Conservation Association!

To read the full article and see the photos by the National Parks Conservation Association CLICK HERE.

The nine parks with fascinating trees waiting to be explored listed by the National Parks Conservation Association are as follows:

  • Great Basin National Park in Nevada. The Bristlecone Pine is a twisted wonder and some of the oldest living organisms in the world. In 1964, scientists discovered a specimen to be nearly 5,000 years old.
  • Congaree National Preserve in South Carolina. The variety of large cypress, tupelo, cedar and pine trees are one of the few old-growth forests left in the U.S. The location of the forest made it difficult for clear-cutting in the early 1900s, and it was left untouched.
  • Hawaiʻi Volcanoes National Park. The  ʻōhiʻa tree has bright lehua flowers and is native to the Hawaiian Islands.This tree has Hawaiian mythology attached to its origins and involves the love of the gods.
  • Mojave National Preserve in California. The giant yucca plant, also known as Joshua trees, are a sight in this desert park, which is home to the largest Joshua tree forest in the world.
  • Olympic National Park in Washington. This park hosts a moss-covered forest with a few giant primeval trees. Included among the towering forest are several “champion” trees, which are the largest known examples of particular species found anywhere on the planet.
  • Everglades National Park in Florida. The Everglades mangroves have developed to the area and are among the most abundant in the western Hemisphere.
  • Petrified Forest National Park in Arizona. Over 200 million years ago, the logs in the Petrified Forest were buried in sediment without oxygen, which slowed the decaying process. The wood absorbed minerals and crystallized. The minerals create the spectrum of color seen in the ancient petrified wood remains.
  • Redwood National and State Parks in California. Hyperion is the name of the world’s tallest known tree, a redwood growing in this old-growth forest. Hyperion measures 379 feet, four inches tall, which is taller than the Statue of Liberty.
  • President’s Park in Washington, D.C. The president lights the large Christmas tree each year during the holiday season in this park.

 

 

 

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