Congaree National Park
Gracie Hensley & Tess Perdue
Congaree National Park became a national park in 2003. There are about 27,000 acres of bottomland hardwood forest and it is located in South Carolina. It has some of the tallest trees in its region. It is a place for people to hike, canoe, kayak, and relax. It has several rivers, swamps, and oxbow lakes that are filled different species of fish, amphibians, and insects. Some include catfish, panfish, alligators, snakes, and turtles. Some of the native animals and plants include, bobcats, deer, Spanish Moss, feral pigs, coyotes, Bald Cypress, and otters. Some of the non- native animals and plants, armadillos, red fire ants, Japanese stiltgrass, and Chinese wisteria.
In the past, humans have used the bottomland hardwood as timber and have exploited the riches of the area. However, now Congaree National Park is protected by Public Law 94-545 which says the purpose of the Park is, "to preserve and protect for the education, inspiration, and enjoyment of present and future generations." Because of all of the campsites, hiking trails, and canoeing, there is some litter around the park. The park provides beautiful hiking trails and canoeing for people to do. For animals, it provides very tall trees for them to live in and rivers for fish and insects to live in.