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Six Mile Cypress Slough Preserve

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Location: 7791 Penzance Blvd, Fort Myers, FL
County: Lee
Coordinates: N 26° 34.227    W 081° 49.575
  26.57045    -81.82625
Style: Interpretative Sign **
Waymark: WMV4KQ


Six Mile Cypress Slough Preserve

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.
Six Mile Cypress Slough
Adjacent Conservation Lands
Six Mile Cypress Watershed
Mullock Creek
Ten Mile Canal
Interpretive Center
Aerial photograph taken in January 2011

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Slough Preserve

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

Photographs of this marker can be found on HMDB.org