COLLIER COUNTY, Fla. — For the last five years, the Corkscrew Swamp Sanctuary has been restoring its land to protect wildlife from invasive plants.
“You just lost all access to the water if you’re a wading bird. Certainly, all those fish are unavailable to you. It’s not an easy place to hike through. So it’s really the value… the habitat value in an invasive willow area is almost nil,” said Marshall Olsen, the Director of Conservation at the Corkscrew Swamp Nature Sanctuary.
Willow, a tree, along with other invasive species, have slowly eaten away at a number of the vital marshes that make up Corkscrew Swamp. The trees dry up the marsh as well as force many animal species out.
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