Naples in Collier County, Florida — The American South (South Atlantic)
Landmark Cypress № 4 "Roosevelt"
Corkscrew Swamp Sanctuary
He was a member of Florida Audubon during the nationwide campaign to end plume hunting. Protecting birds from plume hunters sparked the creation of the first Audubon Societies.
The Roosevelt tree stands near the edge of the horseshoe marsh. Its edge position gives it additional afternoon sunlight, but it also endures direct gusts from South Florida's powerful storms. This explains the ladder of lower branches on the west-facing trunk and is the cause of the main trunk splitting long ago into three sub-trunks reaching ever skyward. A ring of ferns adorns its broad buttressing base, as resurrection ferns blanket the largest of the lateral branches. Look closely and you can see mats of orchids populating these same branches.
Topics and series. This historical marker is listed in these topic lists: Environment • Horticulture & Forestry Parks & Recreational Areas. In addition, it is included in the Former U.S. Presidents: #26 Theodore Roosevelt, and the Historic Trees series lists.
Location. 26° 22.315′ N, 81° 36.678′ W. Marker is in Naples, Florida, in Collier County. Marker can be reached from the intersection of Sanctuary Road West and Rookery Lane. Marker and subject tree are located along the cypress swamp boardwalk in Corkscrew Swamp Sanctuary. Touch for map. Marker is at or near this postal address: 375 Sanctuary Road West, Naples FL 34120, United States of America. Touch for directions.
Other nearby markers. At least 8 other markers are within walking distance of this marker. Landmark Cypress № 6 "Guy Bradley" (within shouting distance of this marker); Landmark Cypress № 7 "Rhett Green" (within shouting distance of this marker); Landmark Cypress № 8 "Asteenahoofa" (about 300 feet away, measured in a direct line); Landmark Cypress № 10 "Dutcher" (about 400 feet away); Landmark Cypress № 3 "Leopold" (about 800 feet away); Landmark Cypress № 12 "Baker-Curry" (approx. 0.4 miles away); The Start of a Sanctuary What Makes Corkscrew Swamp Special? (approx. half a mile away). Touch for a list and map of all markers in Naples.
Related markers. Click here for a list of markers that are related to this marker. Corkscrew Swamp Sanctuary
Also see . . .
1. Public Lands Established by Theodore Roosevelt. The conservation legacy of Theodore Roosevelt is found in the 230 million acres of public lands he helped establish during his presidency. Much of that land - 150 million acres - was set aside as national forests. Roosevelt created the present-day USFS in 1905, an organization within the Department of Agriculture. Roosevelt was also the first president to create a Federal Bird Reserve, and he would establish 51 of these during his administration. (Submitted on January 18, 2021, by Cosmos Mariner of Cape Canaveral, Florida.)
2. A Brief History of Corkscrew Swamp. Up until the early 1900's few people outside of southern Florida had ever heard of Corkscrew. It was around this period when egret and heron plumes were in high demand for use in the fashion industry. Plume hunters could make a fortune in a well timed weekend hunt, and were quickly devastating rookeries throughout Florida and in the southeastern United States. The rookery at Corkscrew was among those targeted. (Submitted on January 18, 2021, by Cosmos Mariner of Cape Canaveral, Florida.)
3. About Corkscrew's Boardwalk. A 2.25-mile boardwalk meanders through pine flatwood, wet prairie, around a marsh, and finally into the largest old-growth bald cypress forest in North America. These impressive trees, relatives of the redwood, tower 130 feet into the sky and have a girth of 25 feet. Their massive branches are draped with mosses, lichens, bromeliads, and ferns. (Submitted on January 18, 2021, by Cosmos Mariner of Cape Canaveral, Florida.)
Credits. This page was last revised on January 18, 2021. It was originally submitted on January 18, 2021, by Cosmos Mariner of Cape Canaveral, Florida. This page has been viewed 129 times since then and 39 times this year. Photos: 1, 2. submitted on January 18, 2021, by Cosmos Mariner of Cape Canaveral, Florida.