Congaree National Park

By Haylee McNally and Olivia Johnson

Native Plants

Congaree National Park has over 190 trees and shrubs but among them these are the most common native ones
  • Loblolly Pine trees
  • Bald Cypress Trees
  • Water Hickory Trees

Native Animals

  • Wild Boar
  • Ringtail Raccoon
  • Eastern Grey Squirrel
  • Virginia Opossum

Non-Native Species

Unfortunately, there are a few non-native species, not native to this particular place, in Congaree National Park as well. Some of them are:

  • Chinese Wisteria
  • Japanese Split Grass
  • Christmas Cherry
  • Japanese Climbing Fern

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Services Provided for the Wildlife from the Wildlife

  • Large, standing, dead trees provide shelter for the wildlife
  • Rivers that run through the park provides water and sometimes food for the wildlife

Ways Humans have Altered the Ecostsyem

Humans have altered the ecosystem in good and bad ways. One bad way is when people leave trash in the park they are pretty much leading some animal to it's death. That animal could try to eat the trash and get sick or they could get stuck in the trash and die. Another bad way is that people bring in plants from other places which ruins the purity of the park.
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Conservation and Preservation Laws

Law: Public Law 100-524

Date: October 24, 1988

Change in Acres: 15,010

Congaree Swamp National Monument Expansion and Wilderness Act - Public Law 100-524 (10/24/1988) Congaree Swamp National Monument Expansion and Wilderness Act

NOTE: This law authorized potential wilderness to be converted to designated wilderness after any non-Federal interests in land had been acquired and all non-conforming uses ceased. Approximately 6,690 acres of potential wilderness was converted in 2014. The converted acreage comprises all but about 60 acres of designated potential wilderness in Congaree National Park. The approximately 90 acres of private land still remaining within the park's designated potential wilderness are not affected.

Law: Public Law 108-199

Date: January 23, 2004

Change in Acres: 0

Consolidated Appropriations Act, 2004 - Public law 108-199 (1/23/2004) Making appropriations for Agriculture, Rural Development, Food and Drug Administration, and Related Agencies for the fiscal year ending September 30, 2004, and for other purposes.

NOTE: Changed the name of the Congaree Swamp National Monument Wilderness to the Congaree National Park Wilderness.

Ways to Connect with the Ecosystem

There are many ways that you can connect with the ecosystem at Congaree. You can take a tour by canoe or even go on a loblolly hike. Those are just a few ways that you can experience an awesome ecosystem.