Imperial Marsh Preserve

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Imperial Marsh Preserve
Corkscrew Road across from Corkscrew Country Store about 9 miles east of I-75
Estero, Florida 33928

Total Acres: 853.79
Number of Parcels: 6
Total Cost: $13,352,270.00
Date Acquired: Friday, July 28, 2000 *
*Date first parcel was acquired.

Additional Acquisition Information
Land Stewardship Plan

Coordinator: Roxanne Taylor
Telephone: (239) 220-9914

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Imperial Marsh Preserve is comprised of six parcels adjacent to the larger publicly-owned Imperial Marsh, in southeast Lee County. This preserve is a mosaic of cypress swamps, pine flatwoods, oak hammock, freshwater marsh, wet prairies and pasture lands. This preserve provides important ecological benefits, including groundwater recharge and habitat for wildlife.

The Corkscrew Tract on Corkscrew Road (approximately 10 miles east of Interstate 75) contains a parking area and opportunity to view wildlife. An abundance of wading birds are often observed in the nearby marsh. There is no designated trail system, as this tract is a sensitive mitigation area. Fire lines that lead off from the pedestrian access gate provide access. However, this preserve often contains lots of standing water in summer and fall during the wet season.

The newest land acquisition, Nomination 567, is a fallow farm field that will be restored to natural plant communities. It will contain a panther corridor and a mosaic of prairie and marshes planted with native vegetation.

Cattle are present on three tracts within this preserve.

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

Almost 5 miles of unmarked primitive fire line trails available to hike.

Preserve Links:

Wildlife List

Plant List

Preserve Map:

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