Gator Hole Preserve

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Gator Hole Preserve
(062)
14291 Corkscrew Road
Estero , Florida 33928

Total Acres: 175
Number of Parcels: 1
Total Cost: $3,000,000.00
Date Acquired: Friday, February 25, 2000 *
*Date first parcel was acquired.

Additional Acquisition Information
Land Stewardship Plan

Coordinator: Jeff Anderson
Telephone: (239) 707-8251

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Gator Hole Preserve is located in southeastern Lee County, on the north side of Corkscrew Road. It is near a 60,000-acre wildlife corridor that includes Flint Pen Strand, Imperial Marsh and the Corkscrew Regional Ecosystem Watershed (CREW). For this reason, Gator Hole Preserve is classified as a resource protection and restoration preserve.

This 175-acre preserve consists primarily of wet and mesic flatwoods, as well as dome swamp, depression marsh and wet prairie. These seasonal wetlands serve as important habitat for a variety of amphibians and wading birds. More than 250 plant species and 120 animal species have been documented at the preserve. The number of plant species increased dramatically, by more than 100 species, once invasive exotic plant species were removed and prescribed burning was reintroduced. Reducing palmetto cover and conducting prescribed burns has also benefited this habitat.

Management at this preserve is especially focused on improving habitat for gopher tortoises, which are relocated to this preserve for Lee County road-widening and infrastructure projects. Restoration activities include removing and minimizing the spread of invasive exotic plant species, roller-chopping and mowing thick palmetto vegetation, pine tree thinning and prescribed burns.


Recreation Opportunities:
Bird Watching, Hiking (Unmarked or Fire Lines), Nature Study/Photography


Additional Information:
There is limited public access to this preserve. Please contact staff to visit.

Preserve Links:

Wildlife List

Plant List

Preserve Map:

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