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Six Mile Cypress Slough Preserve

 
 
Six Mile Cypress Slough Preserve Marker image. Click for full size.
Photographed By Sandra Hughes, October 18, 2015
1. Six Mile Cypress Slough Preserve Marker
Inscription.  The Six Mile Cypress Slough Preserve is over 3,500 acres of wetland ecosystem, which measures 11 miles in length and averages 1/3 mile in width.

It is home to a diversity of plants and animals, a number of which are endangered. The preserve is an important migrant stop-over and wintering habitat for an array of birds. Linear wetlands like the Six Mile Cypress Slough Preserve also serve as corridors for wildlife by providing a route of travel through the country.

The Slough acts as a natural drainage way as it collects rainwater run-off from many square miles of watershed.

Throughout the wet season, June - November, a depth of 2-3 feet of water makes the Slough comparable to a wide but shallow stream.

Water flows slowly through the Slough allowing sediment to settle out and pollutants to be absorbed by the plant life. This process cleans the water as it flows southwest through the Slough to deliver fresh water to the Estero Bay Aquatic Preserve.

Legend
Six Mile Cypress Slough
Adjacent Conservation Lands
Six Mile Cypress Watershed
Mullock Creek
Ten Mile Canal
Interpretive
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The Six Mile Cypress Facility was developed by Lee County Division of Land Management with financial assistance provided by the Fl. Dept. of Natural Resources through The Florida Recreation Development Assistance Program
 
Topics. This historical marker is listed in these topic lists: AnimalsEnvironmentHorticulture & Forestry. A significant historical month for this entry is January 2011.
 
Location. 26° 34.227′ N, 81° 49.575′ W. Marker is in Fort Myers, Florida, in Lee County. Marker is on Penzance Boulevard. Marker is located inside park. Touch for map. Marker is at or near this postal address: 7791 Penzance Blvd, Fort Myers FL 33912, United States of America. Touch for directions.
 
Other nearby markers. At least 8 other markers are within 6 miles of this marker, measured as the crow flies. Slough Interpretive Trail (a few steps from this marker); A Slice of Slough (within shouting distance of this marker); The Twilight Zone (within shouting distance of this marker); Great Blue Heron Pavilion (within shouting distance of this marker); The Dragon And His Tail (approx. 2.7 miles away); Locomotive 143 (approx. 4.3 miles away); Williams Academy (approx. 5.1 miles away); Frierson-Hendry Cemetery (approx. 5.2 miles away). Touch for a list and map of all markers in Fort Myers.
 
Six Mile Cypress Slough Preserve Marker image. Click for full size.
Photographed By Sandra Hughes, October 18, 2015
2. Six Mile Cypress Slough Preserve Marker
Legend: Six Mile Cypress Slough, Adjacent Conservation Lands, Six Mile Cypress Watershed, Mullock Creek, Ten Mile Canal, Interpretive Center
Six Mile Cypress Slough Preserve Marker image. Click for full size.
Photographed By Sandra Hughes, October 18, 2015
3. Six Mile Cypress Slough Preserve Marker
 
 
Credits. This page was last revised on August 30, 2017. It was originally submitted on August 3, 2017, by Sandra Hughes Tidwell of Killen, Alabama, USA. This page has been viewed 253 times since then and 9 times this year. Photos:   1, 2, 3. submitted on August 3, 2017, by Sandra Hughes Tidwell of Killen, Alabama, USA. • Bill Pfingsten was the editor who published this page.

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