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Oak Mountain State Park
Transcript of Oak Mountain State Park
Websites I used Oak Mountain State Park History Plants Found In Oak Mountain State Park Poison ivy Animals Found in the Park Poisonous Snakes http://students.cis.uab.edu/bridgess/oakmtn.html The history of Oak Mountain Park first started with the State Land Act of 1927, the park first received 940 acres between Double Oak Mountain in the east and Little Oak Ridge in the west. Later in the 1930's the National Park service acquired approximately 8,000 acres surrounding Oak Mountain. Then the Civilian Conservation Corps developed Peavine Road and the Red Road along with pavilions and cabins. From 1935 through 1941, the Works Progress Administration built Lake Tranquility Dam and near Group Camp. Later in 1943, the National Park Service deeded the park with 8,000 acres adding to the current 940 acres. One of the most common plants found in the park is poison ivy, poison ivy is a woody vine or sub-shrub that has a very wide distribution. Poison ivy is a nuisance because it contains a chemical that can cause the skin of a person to develop a red, itchy rash. Poison ivy has compound leaves, there is one leaflet on the top, and two leaflets on the opposing sides. One of the park's most common animals seen is the Eastern bluebird. Oak Mountain's lush forest is a nice habitat for these many creatures to roam. A nice viewing place for visitors is the Treetop Nature Trail, which offers an elevated walk way for viewing raptors and other woodland birds. Animals that are injured can be cared for at the Alabama Wildlife Rehabilitation Center. Here is a picture of a commom poisonous snake http://www.wildlifeviewingareas.com/wv-app/ParkDetail.aspx?ParkID=381