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Big South Fork National River and Recreation Area Environmental Factors

The natural landscape and water quality of the Big South Fork has undergone tremendous alteration due to past extractive activities including coal mining, oil and gas exploration, and logging. Nonnative plant and animal species are of major concern to park management. Kudzu, multiflora rose, and purple loosestrife are just a few invasive plant species in which the park struggles to erradicate. Wild hogs are also numerous. Evidence of the natural rooting behavior, which can destroy sensitive habitat and plant life, can be seen throughout the Area. Although hunting is permited, data on wild hog populations in the Area is lacking.

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Maine ocean islands provide the only nesting sites for Atlantic puffins in the United States. Eastern Egg Rock in the midcoast region, Seal Island and Matinicus Rock at the mouth of Penobscot Bay, and Machias Seal Island and Petit Manan Island off the downeast coast provide habitat for more than 4,000 puffins each summer.