Big Cypress Swamp
Florida’s Everglades are the largest and most important freshwater, sub-tropical wetland in North America, and one of three considered of global importance. Many of the lush swamps and their complex habitats for plants and wildlife that were characteristic of Florida’s Everglades are now gone. Only half of the historical Everglades remains. Over the years, water from the Everglades’ wetlands was drained and diverted through ditches and canals to create land for agriculture and development. Vast stretches of cypress and pine forests were leveled for their timber. Roads and super highways were built, and housing and industrial developments constructed. The Everglades used to cover over 4000 square miles and included the stretch of swamps, hardwood hammocks, pine flat lands and prairie wetlands between Miami and Naples stretching as far North as Lake Okeechobee in Central Florida. This vast stretch of land includes the lesser-known Big Cypress Swamp - one of the last pristine and biologically diverse regions of Florida.