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 Florida Panther National Wildlife Refuge, part of the Big Cypress Basin eco-region, borders the northern portion of the Fakahatchee Strand State Preserve, located in remote north-central Collier County, Florida.
Occurrence of Boisduval scale, Diaspis boisduvalii (Hemiptera: Diaspididae), on native epiphytic orchids in Collier Co., Florida including Fakahatchee Strand State Preserve. Florida Entomologist 95(2): 312-318.
You'll find manatees splashing at Blue Spring State Park and ghost orchids hidden amid the Fakahatchee Strand State Preserve. You'll see black bears at Wekiwa Springs State Park and, in Paynes Prairie State Preserve State Park, a herd of bison.
The participants were Howard Frank (entomologist, University of Florida), Dennis Giardina (manager, Fakahatchee Strand State Preserve, Florida Park Service), Tim Andrus (adventurer, Tallahassee, Florida) and Jose Monzon (entomologist and eco-tour guide, Guatemala City).
The other two were released in Fakahatchee Strand State Preserve. Five of the eight females have produced 17 known first-generation progeny sired by male Florida panthers and at least 23 second-generation progeny (Darrell Land, Florida Fish and Wildlife Conservation Commission, Naples, Florida, personal communication).
After a short period in holding pens to allow the animals to acclimate, two were released in Fakahatchee Strand State Preserve, and six others are scheduled for release in Everglades National Park, Big Cypress National Preserve, and Florida Panther Wildlife Refuge.
The other sites consisted of an isolated swamp surrounded by an urban area in Naples, Florida (the exact location has been withheld to deter poaching), and 2 within the Fakahatchee Strand State Preserve, bordering the FPNWR to the south (Fig.