Estero Marsh Preserve

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Estero Marsh Preserve
Island Park Rd
Fort Myers , Florida 33908

Total Acres: 243.97
Number of Parcels: 3
Total Cost: $3,822,970.00
Date Acquired: Wednesday, December 15, 1999 *
*Date first parcel was acquired.

Additional Acquisition Information
Land Stewardship Plan

Coordinator: Hanna Joergens
Telephone: (239) 707-3325

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Estero Marsh Preserve (EMP) contains nearly 244 acres and was acquired as three parcels in 1999, 2001 and 2014. EMP is located in southwest coastal Lee County near Estero Bay. Portions of the Preserve are located directly adjacent to and contiguous with the existing Estero Bay Preserve State Park, west of Island Park Road and Island Park Village, south of the Forest Country Club Community, and north of Park Road.

Estero Marsh Preserve consists of eight native plant communities: estuarine tidal swamp and marshes, mesic and wet flatwoods, mesic hammock, tidal swamp lake, brackish marshes, and tidal salt barren. A Florida Power & Light (FPL) electrical power transmission lines bisects the Preserve in half. There are a number of designated plant and animal species that can be found on site. EMP is home to a pair of nesting swallow-tailed kites, so please be respectful and maintain an appropriate distance while viewing them from your binoculars.

There is an ongoing Lee County Department of Transportation mitigation effort (Island Park Regional Mitigation Project) to remove invasive exotic plants, plant native vegetation, perform hydrologic restoration, including the installation of 4 culverts along the FPL right-of-way and the creation of filter marshes.

The Preserve has limited legal access and the entire site is covered by a conservation easement. EMP is designated as a Limited Use Preserve with a pedestrian access gate, although there are no marked trails. If there is public interest, staff may provide guided field trips. Refer to the Land Stewardship Plan for more information.

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

Estero Marsh Preserve Map

Additional Information:
Although there are no planned facilities for this site, a pedestrian gate has been installed at the corner of Island Park & Park Roads for primitive hiking opportunities.

Preserve Links:

Wildlife List

Plant List

Preserve Map:

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