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    Six Mile Cypress Slough Preserve

    by Explor5252 Written Nov 13, 2013

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    The Six Mile Cypress Slough (pronounced “slew”) is over 3,400 acres of wetland in Fort Myers, Florida, that measures approximately 11 miles long and 1/3 mile wide. This linear ecosystem is home to a diverse population of plants and animals, including a few considered to be endangered. The Slough also serves as a corridor for wildlife by providing a safe route of travel.

    The Slough is a natural drainage-way, collecting runoff water from a 33-square-mile watershed area during periods of heavy or prolonged rainfall. During the wet season (June through October), a depth of 2 to 3 feet of water makes the Slough comparable to a wide, shallow stream. This fresh water flows southwest through the Slough and empties into the Estero Bay Aquatic Preserve.

    The Six Mile Cypress Slough became a preserve in 1970 because of its positive influences on the community and environment. The Preserve provides education and low impact recreation to its visitors, deters flooding and recharges shallow wells, protects the health of the Gulf of Mexico, and is a wildlife habitat for numerous plant and animal species.

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    Banyan Tree

    by grandmaR Updated Dec 3, 2006

    This Banyan Tree is in the parking lot area in front of the ticket office, and one does not need to have a ticket to look at it. It has a statue of Edison underneath of it. The tree was given to Edison by Harvey Firestone after he saw one on a trip to India. When it was planted in 1925 it was only 4 feet tall and two inches around. It is now the largest one of its kind in Florida with a circumferance of over 400 feet.

    It was here when we visited in 1967 (second photo). It was designated a state champion tree in 1980. It grows out horizontally by putting down prop roots to support the branches. The beginning prop roots have to be pruned in order to keep it from taking over all the buildings and the parking lot.

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    Unspoiled nature nearby

    by laguizz Written Aug 23, 2004

    The Six-Mile Cypress Slough Preserve is located very near to Ft. Myers. It is as beautiful as the more famous Corkscrew Preserve, but much closer. If you enjoy wilderness areas this is a “must see”.
    A 1.2-mile boardwalk lets you visit the site easily, without damaging plants and wildlife, or getting your feet wet. There are many birds, including egrets and pileated woodpeckers and beautiful wild plants. Bring your camera or camcorder.
    To locate the slough, take exit 22 off I-75 south of Ft. Myers and go west one-half mile to Six Mile Parkway. Turn left (south) and go three miles to Penzance Crossing. Turn left onto Penzance; the preserve is another tenth of a mile on the right.

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    See manatees

    by laguizz Written Aug 23, 2004

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    Visit the Lee County Manatee Park where its easy to see wild manatees.
    Tehpark is on State Road 80, Ft. Myers, FL.

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