Leopold Tree - Corkscrew Swamp Preserve, Naples, Florida USA
Posted by: Groundspeak Regular Member vulture1957
N 26° 22.256 W 081° 36.804
17R E 438805 N 2916908
Quick Description: 500-600 year old cypress tree in the Corkscrew Swamp Preserve outside of Naples, Florida. Corkscrew Swamp Sanctuary & Blair Audubon Center 375 Sanctuary Road West.
Location: Florida, United States
Date Posted: 11/9/2017 8:40:20 AM
Waymark Code: WMX0PT
Published By: Groundspeak Regular Member Dorcadion Team
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Long Description:
Corkscrew Sanctuary is open daily from 7-5:30. Visitors will find a gentle, pristine wilderness that dates back more than 500 years. 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. The forest is also home to hundreds of alligators, otters, white-tailed deer and red-bellied turtles. A wide variety of wading birds, songbirds, raptors and the fabulous Painted Bunting can be seen throughout the year. Photo opportunities are available at every turn of the boardwalk trail.

The story of how Corkscrew Swamp became a sanctuary is one of the important conservation successes of our time. National Audubon began protecting the wading birds nesting within Corkscrew Swamp in 1905. During the 1940's and 50's, cypress forests in Florida were being leveled for their timber. Audubon realized the forest must be saved. At the time, Corkscrew was isolated and almost impossible to access. Today it is an oasis in a made-over landscape. In other areas, many of the wild swamps and much of the teeming wildlife, that were characteristic of this region less than a generation ago, are gone. Corkscrew Swamp Sanctuary's value thus becomes more significant with every passing year. Your visit and admission fees help to preserve it for generations to come.

The natural biological systems, which expand over 14,000 acres at Corkscrew are maintained through land management practices to sustain native plants and animals found here and to preserve the natural processes that have been occurring for thousands of years.

The plaque at the tree reads: "Landmark Cypress 'Leopold' No. 3 Aldo Leopold is considered the father of the modern conservation ethic. He lamented the toll wrought on the landscape in the name of material progress, and the ever widening disconnect between society and the land. Where John Muir was inspired by passion and activism, Leopold was a scientist concerned with understanding and preserving wilderness and its complex ecosystem.

The Leopold tree is 500-plus years old, one of the forest's oldest, and at 98 feet tall, one of its tallest. The toll wrought by numerous hurricanes has cost the tree its top and most of its branches, leaving a massive main trunk that, chest high, is 22 feet around. Its fallen branches combine with the litter of cypress needles, cones, leaves from other trees, and the roots of nearby plant, contributing biomass to the spongy organic peat of the forest floor. Peat acts like a sponge to wick moisture up to the cypress roots year-round. The moisture in turn keeps the forest cooler in the summer and warmer in the winter."

Genus/Species: Bald cypress

Height: 98

Girth: 22

Method of obtaining height: Reliable source

Method of obtaining girth: Reliable source

Location type: Park

Age: 500

Historical significance:
Corkscrew managers have designated 12 of the massive trees as “Landmark Cypress,” naming them after notable naturalists including John Muir, Aldo Leopold, Theodore Roosevelt and Harriet Hemenway, who pioneered the protection of wild birds,along with the Calusas and the early wardens who protected the birds, sometimes at the cost of their lives. Each Landmark Cypress has a sign telling more about the trees and their namesakes.

Website reference: [Web Link]

Walk time: 30

Planter: Not listed

Parking coordinates: Not Listed

Photograpy coordinates: Not Listed

Visit Instructions:
A closeup picture of your GPS receiver in your hand, with the tree in the background, is required. If the tree is on private property, this closeup photograph with the tree in the background may be taken from the nearest public vantage point without actually going to the tree.
The required photograph does not need to show the entire tree, but the individual tree must be recognizable.
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