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Biosphere Reserves in the United States

Big Bend National Park

There are 28 biosphere reserves in the United States of America.

Big Bend Biosphere Reserve

Designated in 1976 Big Bend merges natural environments from desert to mountains. It is a place where south meets north and east meets west, creating a great diversity of plants and animals.

Cascade Head Biosphere Reserve

Designated in 1976

Channel Islands Biosphere Reserve

Designated in 1977 Comprised of five in a chain of eight southern California islands near Los Angeles, Channel Islands National Park is home to a wide variety of nationally and internationally significant natural and cultural resources. The park consists of 249,354 acres

Crown of the Continent Biosphere Reserve

Designated in 1976 (renamed in 2017)

Denali Biosphere Reserve

Designated in 2012 Denali National Park and Preserve features North America's highest mountain, 20,320-foot tall Mount McKinley. The Alaska Range also includes countless other spectacular mountains and many large glaciers. Denali's more than 6 million acres also encompass

Everglades & Dry Tortugas Biosphere Reserve

Designated in 1976 Spanning the southern tip of the Florida peninsula and most of Florida Bay, Everglades National Park is the only subtropical preserve in North America. The park is known for its rich bird life. It is also the only place in the world where alligators and

Jornada Biosphere Reserve

Designated in 1976

Luquillo Biosphere Reserve

Designated in 1976

Olympic Biosphere Reserve

Designated in 1976 Glacier capped mountains, wild Pacific coast and magnificent stands of old-growth forests, including temperate rain forests -- at Olympic National Park, you can find all three.

Organ Pipe Cactus Biosphere Reserve

Designated in 1976 In this desert wilderness of plants and animals and dramatic mountains and plains scenery, you can drive a lonely road, hike a backcountry trail, camp beneath a clear desert sky, or just soak in the warmth and beauty of the Southwest. The Monument exhibit

Rocky Mountain Biosphere Reserve

Designated in 1976 The park exhibits the massive grandeur of the Rocky Mountains. Trail Ridge Road crosses the Continental Divide and looks out over dozens of peaks that tower more than 13,000 feet high. The high point on Trail Ridge Road is 12,183'. .Longs Peak, the highes

Sequoia - Kings Canyon Biosphere Reserve

Designated in 1976 These two adjoining parks protect immense mountains, deep canyons, huge trees, and stunningly diverse habitats. Sequoia and Kings Canyon share miles of boundary and are managed as one park.

Yellowstone - Grand Teton Biosphere Reserve

Designated in 1976 (renamed in 2018) Geothermal wonders, such as Old Faithful, are evidence of one of the world's largest active volcanoes. After exploration Congress decided that the area known as Yellowstone needed to be protected and preserved.

University of Michigan Biological Station Biosphere Reserve

Designated in 1976

Virginia Coast Biosphere Reserve

Designated in 1976

Hawaiian Islands Biosphere Reserve

Designated in 1980

Isle Royal Biosphere Reserve

Designated in 1980 Wolves and moose, the wild North Woods forest, everchanging weather and a cool climate, and the crystal clear waters and rugged shoreline of Lake Superior characterize Isle Royale National Park.

Big Thicket Biosphere Reserve

Designated in 1981 The Preserve consists of nine land units and six water corridors encompassing more than 97,000 acres. Big Thicket was the first Preserve in the National Park System established October 11, 1974, and protects an area of rich biological diversity.

Guanica Biosphere Reserve

Designated in 1981

Apachicola Biosphere Reserve

Designated in 1983

Congaree Biosphere Reserve

Designated in 1983 (renamed in 2017) The monument rests on a floodplain of the Congaree River and is not a true swamp. This remnant preserves the largest intact tract of old-growth bottomland hardwood forest in the United States.

Mojave and Colorado Deserts Biosphere Reserve

Designated in 1984 The Mojave National Preserve encompasses 1.6 million acres of mountains, jumble rocks, desert washes, and dry lakes.Plant and animal life varies by elevation.

Glacier Bay - Admiralty Island Biosphere Reserve

Designated in 1986 Glacier Bay National Park and Preserve provides opportunities for adventure, a living laboratory for observing the ebb and flow of glaciers, and a chance to study life as it returns in the wake of retreating ice. The park has snow-capped mountain ranges

Golden Gate Biosphere Reserve Designated in 1988 One of the largest urban national parks in the world., the total park area is 75,398 acres of land and water. Approximately 28 miles of coastline lie within its boundaries. Golden Gate NRA comprises Alcatraz, Marin Headlands, Fort Funston, Fort Mason

New Jersey Pinelands Biosphere Reserve

Designated in 1988 The Pinelands National Reserve includes portions of seven southern New Jersey counties, and encompasses over one-million acres of farms, forests and wetlands. As a United States Biosphere Reserve, the Pinelands also serves as a laboratory for fostering

Southern Appalachian Biosphere Reserve

Designated in 1988

Champlain - Adirondak Biosphere Reserve

Designated in 1989

Mammoth Cave Area Biosphere Reserve

Designated in 1990 (extended in 1996) Mammoth Cave National Park was established to preserve the cave system, including Mammoth Cave, the scenic river valleys of the Green and Nolin rivers, and a section of south central Kentucky.

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