Matlacha Pass National Wildlife Refuge
|Matlacha Pass National Wildlife Refuge|
IUCN category V (protected landscape/seascape)
|Location||Lee County, Florida, United States|
|Nearest city||Fort Myers, Florida|
|Area||538 acres (2.2 km2)|
|Established||September 26, 1908|
|Governing body||U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service|
|Website||Matlacha Pass National Wildlife Refuge|
The Matlacha Pass National Wildlife Refuge is part of the United States National Wildlife Refuge System, located within the Matlacha Pass estuary, approximately 8 miles northwest of Cape Coral, Florida. The 538 acre (2.2 km2) refuge was established on September 26, 1908. It is administered as part of the J. N. "Ding" Darling National Wildlife Refuge Complex.
Trees that can be seen here include red mangrove (Rhizophora mangle), black mangrove (Avicennia germinans), white mangrove (Laguncularia racemosa), buttonwood (Conocarpus erectus) and cabbage palm (Sabal palmetto). Also found in the area are tropical species such as seagrape (Coccoloba uvifera), Florida strangler fig (Ficus aurea) and gumbo limbo (Bursera simaruba).