I would agree-the SW portion of Florida has much to offer the nature lover. It is-of course-under extreme development pressure.....it's nothing to see perhaps a couple hundred acres of forest cleared and piled up to burn or chip into vans (semi trailers) so more housing subdivisions and Walmarts can take their rightful place. I get both sad and excited whenever I'm down there. Just the immediate area around the condo my folks used to own has undergone drastic change over the last say....five years. I better quit! I'll get everybody depressed here!
But by all means, should any of you end up in that area, I can't stress this enough-the Edison grounds are eminently worth checking out. Also not to be missed-Corkscrew Swamp, which I believe contains the largest stands of remaining old-growth bald cypress.
edited to add: I'll bet one or more of you folks will be able to help me with this question: What is the term for the entire group of trees-all tropical-which have enormous buttressing at their base? I used to know this word and I wanted to use it in another tree forum but I just can't recall it at the moment. Thanks in advance!