There are many things that are unique to Florida. The Everglades, Cape Canaveral, a vast coastline (second only to Alaska in the U.S.), it’s laid back lifestyle, and mangroves.
Yes, I said mangroves.
Mangroves are trees with long, sinewy roots that grow in topical climates only. You can find all three species of mangroves in Florida, and lots of them. The Everglades alone include the largest subtropical wilderness in the U.S., and the only other instances in the country include isolated growths of the most common species in the southernmost coasts of Louisiana and Texas.
Nestled against the Florida coastline, Sanibel Island has a unique and thriving natural environment that includes mangroves and much more. Home to the J.N. “Ding” Darling National Wildlife Refuge, Sanibel Island is part of the largest undeveloped mangrove ecosystem in the U.S.
The City of Sanibel has a longstanding history of protecting nature and wildlife. Since mangroves are vital to the Florida ecology (see newspress.com’s posted photos referencing mangroves as a critical component of the SWFL environment), the city has established statutes to protect this integral, native plant in addition to maintaining more than 60 percent of the island dedicated to nature preserves.
Not only valuable to the environment, these beautiful and whimsical trees are a sight to see. They line quiet, tree-canopied canals you can kayak through and are a haven for birdwatchers and home to protected and endangered wildlife.
It’s just one more reason to love Sanibel Island.
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