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Naples in Collier County, Florida — The American South (South Atlantic)

Landmark Cypress № 10 — "Dutcher"

Corkscrew Swamp Sanctuary

Landmark Cypress № 10 — "Dutcher" Marker image. Click for full size.
Photographed By Cosmos Mariner, March 4, 2015
1. Landmark Cypress № 10 — "Dutcher" Marker
Inscription.  William Dutcher was the first president of the National Association of Audubon Societies, appointed in 1905. He helped shape the organization and worked tirelessly for bird protection. He was instrumental in establishing the Audubon warden program to bring an end to plume hunting and was also involved in creating Audubon sanctuaries.

The Dutcher tree rises 100 feet above the swamp floor in the shape of a three-pronged spear. It is one of the tallest trees at Corkscrew, and a masterpiece of asymmetrical beauty. It is broad when viewed from the east, but remarkably narrow when seen from the north. The Dutcher is a lesson in the forest's remarkable diversity and plant communities. A close examination of the sun-soaked treetop branches will reveal thriving, crowded tangles of ferns and bromeliads. This diversity befits Dutcher, whose work brought together a broad coalition of individuals from all walks of life to travel in one direction towards one purpose: conservation.
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Location. 26° 22.376′ N, 81° 36.659′ 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 № 8 — "Asteenahoofa" (a few steps from this marker); Landmark Cypress № 6 — "Guy Bradley" (about 400 feet away, measured in a direct line); Landmark Cypress № 4 — "Roosevelt" (about 400 feet away); Landmark Cypress № 7 — "Rhett Green" (about 400 feet away); Landmark Cypress № 3 — "Leopold" (approx. 0.2 miles away); Landmark Cypress № 12 — "Baker-Curry" (approx. 0.3 miles away); The Start of a Sanctuary (approx. half a mile away); What Makes Corkscrew Swamp Special? (approx. half a mile away). Touch for a list and map of all markers in Naples.
Regarding Landmark Cypress № 10 — "Dutcher".
Landmark Cypress № 10 — "Dutcher" image. Click for full size.
Photographed By Cosmos Mariner, March 26, 2014
2. Landmark Cypress № 10 — "Dutcher"
(looking up from marker)
400-500 years old • 104 feet tall • 14.3 feet in circumference
Related markers. Click here for a list of markers that are related to this marker. Corkscrew Swamp Sanctuary
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1. History of Audubon in Florida. (in 1901) William Dutcher, chairman of the American Ornithologists' Union (AOU) Committee on Bird Protection, acts on behalf of the state Audubon Societies and is the glue that holds together the various elements of the conservation movement. Dutcher travels to Florida in 1901 and assists Florida Audubon in persuading the legislature to pass the Audubon Model Law, outlawing plume hunting in the state. Dutcher administers the AOU's Thayer Fund to hire wardens to protect birds, and hires lighthouse keepers in Key West and the Dry Tortugas. (Submitted on January 19, 2021, by Cosmos Mariner of Cape Canaveral, Florida.) 

2. 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 19, 2021, by Cosmos Mariner of Cape Canaveral, Florida.) 
Credits. This page was last revised on January 19, 2021. It was originally submitted on January 18, 2021, by Cosmos Mariner of Cape Canaveral, Florida. This page has been viewed 145 times since then and 4 times this year. Photos:   1, 2. submitted on January 19, 2021, by Cosmos Mariner of Cape Canaveral, Florida.

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