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Some 50% of the original Everglades have been lost to agriculture. Most of the rest is now protected in a number of national parks.Water from the Everglades is still used as water supply for major cities in the areas such as Miami.
Everglades National Park preserves the southern portion of the Everglades, and represents 20% of the original wetlands. It covers 1.5 million acres and is a World Heritage Site. The only access is the SR9336 running 38 miles from Florida City to the coast at Flamingo. Excluding the main Visitor Centre and some smaller park facilities, there is no development apart from the latter small settlement.
There are a number of car parks and trails in the Park, of which the most famous is the Anhinga trail. This trail allows very close approach to the birds such as herons and the Anhinga. The latter birds will perch on the rails of the boardwalk. The picture below shows part of the trail, complete with its namesake bird.