I recently took a tour of part of the Corkscrew Regional Ecosystem Watershed or (CREW). It was a great experience to walk through the well maintained trails of this park and view the trees, vegetation, wildlife and land that is preserved and protected. We were led by an expert guide who explained to us the history of this land area and its importance to the future water supplies of the region as well as habitat restoration and flood control. During our 3 mile hike through the Corkscrew Marsh we saw various types of native trees, soil covers, marsh habitats and birds. CREW is part of a 60,000 acre watershed that covers part of Lee and Collier County. It consists of the Corkscrew Marsh, Bird Rookery Swamp, Flint Pen Strand, Camp Keals Strand, Bird Rookery Swamp and National Audubon’s famous Corkscrew Swamp Sanctuary.
I took the tour with a group or 20 or so individuals who are taking a class through the Florida Master Naturalist Program. FMNP is offered through the Univ. of Florida Extension Service and offers courses in Wetlands, Coastal Systems, Uplands and other modules.
To learn more about CREW visit their website at www.crewtrust.org or call 239-657-2253