Dry Tortugas National Park News
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Dry Tortugas National Park acts to preserve genetic diversity of rare pillar coral
August 26, 2021 | 1:30 pm
Dry Tortugas National Park today announced it completed a successful coral rescue mission this month to secure fragments of previously unknown pillar coral (Dendrogyra cylindrus) colonies within the park for preservation. These new colonies may have a unique genetic makeup, or genotype, and may be more resilient to stressors like Stony Coral Tissue Loss Disease, found recently at the national park.
Stony Coral Tissue Loss Disease found at Dry Tortugas National Park
June 2, 2021 | 11:30 am
Stony Coral Tissue Loss Disease—an infectious, water-borne disease that impacts hard coral species and damages entire reefs—has been found on corals in Dry Tortugas National Park. The park’s Coral Response Team observed it on May 29 while conducting a routine disease survey.
Everglades and Dry Tortugas National Parks Announce Entrance Fee-Free Days for 2021
December 29, 2020 | 10:44 am
Everglades and Dry Tortugas National Parks will waive their entrance fee on six days in 2021.
Dry Tortugas National Park begins a $4.5 million restoration of the Tortugas Harbor Lighthouse
October 21, 2020 | 9:30 am
The 144-year old Tortugas Harbor Lighthouse on historic Fort Jefferson is about to get a facelift. On October 19, Dry Tortugas National Park kicked off the $4.5 million project to restore and preserve the deteriorating lighthouse for the next 100-plus years.
Dry Tortugas National Park reopens following Tropical Storm Laura
August 26, 2020 | 11:34 am
HOMESTEAD, Fla. – On Wednesday, Aug. 26, Dry Tortugas National Park reopened to visitors.
Everglades National Park reopens Monday, Dry Tortugas National Park remains closed for Tropical Storm Laura
August 23, 2020 | 8:09 pm
HOMESTEAD, Fla. – On Monday, Aug. 24, Everglades National Park will return to regular park operations. Dry Tortugas remains closed.
Everglades and Dry Tortugas National Parks modify operations for Tropical Storm Laura
August 22, 2020 | 6:00 pm
HOMESTEAD, Fla. - On Sunday, August 23 at 5:00 pm, Everglades and Dry Tortugas National Parks will temporarily close park entrances and visitor facilities in preparation for Tropical Storm Laura for the safety of visitors and staff. Park concession-operated boat, ferry, and sea plane tours as well as services and rentals will also suspend operations by 5:00 pm Sunday.
Everglades National Park reopens after Hurricane Isaias, Dry Tortugas remains open
August 1, 2020 | 6:00 pm
Everglades National Park will reopen on Aug. 2 after the passage of Hurricane Isaias. Wilderness permits will resume. Check with individual concession companies for activities and services.
Everglades National Park closes for Hurricane Isaias, Dry Tortugas National Park remains open
July 31, 2020 | 4:04 pm
HOMESTEAD, Fla. - On Friday, July 31, Everglades National Park will temporarily close park entrances and visitor facilities at 7 p.m. in preparation for Hurricane Isaias for the safety of visitors and staff. Park concession-operated boat tours, services and rentals will also suspend operations on Friday afternoon.
Ferry boat and sea plane tours resume and campground reopens
June 2, 2020 | 12:30 pm
Beginning June 3, the sea plane and ferry boat tours and services resume. The campground and associated restroom on Garden Key reopens.