Big Cypress National Preserve - NPS photo




On March 14, 2010 the Eastern Native Tree Society and Western Native Tree Society switched from discussion lists on Google Groups to a new discussion list in a Bulletin Board format at: http://www.ents-bbs.org/index.php  Posts made since the inception of the BBS on March 14, 2010 will be sorted and archived on the BBS. Click on the link to go to the equivalent section on the new BBS. This website will continue to serve as a front end for the ENTS and WNTS groups. It will continue to serve as a repository of older posts, and will serve as the host site for special projects and features that are not well suited for a BBS format. Please visit the BBS for the latest information and trip reports.



Trip Reports



  • Dying Palm Trees http://news.yahoo.com/s/ap/20080723/ap_on_sc/dying_palms
  • Key West Champion Tree Tour http://prometheus.cc.emory.edu/kwbs/champion.html 
  • Big Tree Park, Seminole County, Florida - Gallery by Scott McDonald
  • Big Cypress National Preserve http://www.nps.gov/bicy/ The first National Preserve in the National Park System, Big Cypress has a mixture of pines, hardwoods, prairies, mangrove forests, cypress strands and domes. White-tailed deer, bear and Florida panther can be found here along with the more tropical linguus tree snail, royal palm and cigar orchid. This meeting place of temperate and tropical species is a hotbed of biological diversity. Hydrologically, the Preserve serves as a supply of fresh, clean water for the vital estuaries of the ten thousand islands area near Everglades City.  Unlogged scrub cypress grow on more than 160,000 acres of the preserve. Growing on shallow sand or marl, the trees were too scrawny to have been deemed worth logging.  The first National Preserve in the National Park System, Big Cypress has a mixture of pines, hardwoods, prairies, mangrove forests, cypress strands and dome
  • Corkscrew Swamp Sanctuary http://www.audubon.org/local/sanctuary/corkscrew/Visit/BoardwalkTour.html A 2.25-mile raised boardwalk takes visitors through several distinct habitats found within the 11,000-acre Corkscrew Swamp Sanctuary, including the largest remaining virgin bald cypress forest in North America. This natural system is managed by the National Audubon Society to maintain the native plants and animals found here and to preserve the natural processes that have been occurring for thousands of years. Habitats along the boardwalk include-- pine flatwood, wet prairie, pond cypress, marsh, lettuce lakes, and bald cypress forest.

          Evergaldes National Park - NPS photo

  • Everglades National Park http://www.nps.gov/ever/ Spanning the southern tip of the Florida peninsula and most of Florida Bay, Everglades National Park is the only subtropical preserve in North America. It contains both temperate and tropical plant communities, including sawgrass prairies, mangrove and cypress swamps, pinelands, and hardwood hammocks, as well as marine and estuarine environments. The park is known for its rich bird life, particularly large wading birds, such as the roseate spoonbill, wood stork, great blue heron and a variety of egrets. It is also the only place in the world where alligators and crocodiles exist side by side.
  • Cypress: Florida's Majestic and Beneficial Wetlands Tree 
    Mary L. Duryea and L. Annie Hermansen http://www.sfrc.ufl.edu/Extension/pubtxt/cir1186.htm 
  • Exploring Florida Favorites Stereoview Gallery http://fcit.usf.edu/Florida/3d/favs/favs.htm 
  • "Memoirs of Martin Hoban: Logging Florida's Giant Cypress " by Baynard Kendrick and Barry Walsh  http://www.foresthistory.org/Publications/FHT/FHTSpringFall2007/FHT_2007_FlaForests.pdf