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History of the Fakahatchee
Locomotives also left their mark. PHOTOS COURTESY OF FLORIDA STATE ARCHIVES

History of the Fakahatchee

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Loggers made an impact in the Fakahatchee, cutting down cypress trees.

Loggers made an impact in the Fakahatchee, cutting down cypress trees.

The Fakahatchee is a little-known state park in eastern Collier County. Now home to rare plants and animals, it almost did not survive as a wilderness. The cypress was logged, and the area was threatened with development before activists persuaded the state to buy the land.

Local author Marya Repko will give a free illustrated presentation about the history of the Fakahatchee and the efforts to preserve what remains of this unique ecology on Wed., Jan. 15, at 2 PM, at Collier Seminole State Park, located at 20200 Tamiami Trail East. Her talk also will describe what volunteers with the Friends of Fakahatchee are doing to help the park and make the public aware of its importance.

Repko grew up in Hadlyme, CT, but lived most of her life in Europe as a software engineer. After retirement, she moved to Everglades City, where her first book A Brief History of the Everglades City Area has sold thousands of copies. Other brief histories of Deaconess Harriet Bedell, Marjory Stoneman Douglas, the Fakahatchee and Sanibel have been well-received, as have the children’s version of the Everglades and Sanibel books. Marya is president of the Everglades Society for Historic Preservation, newsletter editor of the Friends of Fakahatchee and co-editor of The Mullet Rapper.

For information about her books, see www.ecity-publishing.com. For information about the historical talk at Collier Seminole State Park on Jan. 15, call 239-394-3397.


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