Fakahatchee Strand Preserve State Park


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Fakahatchee Strand Preserve State Park


Location:On Janes Memorial Scenic Drive, just west of Copeland on SR 29.
Facilities:A 2,000-foot-long boardwalk at Big Cypress Bend provides a trail through the old growth cypress.
Activities:Wildlife viewing, guided canoe trips.
Special Features:Fakahatchee Strand is a linear swamp forest that has been sculpted by the movement of water for thousands of years. Beneath a protective canopy of bald cypress trees is a slow-moving slough that shields the forest interior from extreme cold temperatures, and this fosters a high level of rare and endangered tropical plant species. The Strand is the only place in the world where bald cypress and royal palm trees share the forest canopy, and it also contains 44 native orchids and 14 native bromeliad species. It's a haven for wildlife as well, and Florida panthers, Florida black bears, Eastern indigo snakes, Everglades minks, and diamondback terrapins can still be found here. The migratory bird life is quite spectacular as well.
Address:PO Box 548
Copeland, FL 34137

Phone:239-695-4593
Web: www.floridastateparks.org/fakahatcheestrand
Size: 75,693 acres.

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The preserves where these surveys were performed included Picayune Strand State Forest (SG), Collier Seminole State Park (CS), Ten Thousand Islands National Wildlife Refuge (TT), Fakahatchee Strand Preserve State Park (FS), and Florida Panther National Wildlife Refuge (FP) (Fig.