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Florida Forever & P2000 Notable Acquisitions

Florida Forever and Preservation 2000 acquisitions are strategically selected to meet key state objectives. Notable acquisitions are featured below.

Restoring the Florida Everglades

Multiple tracts

Almost 90,000 acres critical to the restoration of the Everglades ecosystem have been acquired

Protecting imperiled species

Lake Wales Ridge Ecosystem

Internationally recognized as critical habitat for dozens of rare species, one of the densest concentrations of federally listed plant and animal species in the US

Kissimmee Prairie

The largest, most pristine example of dry prairie, a natural community found only in Florida, that supports several  rare species

North Key Largo Hammock

The finest example of tropical hammock in the continental US, supporting dozens of rare plants and animals

Protecting water quality

Tate’s Hell State Forest

183,000 acres of pinelands, swamps, and prairies that provide important protection to the waters of Apalachicola Bay

Suwannee River

Dozens of parcels along the Suwannee River enhancing water quality of this renowned river

Providing critical ecological connectors

Pinhook Swamp

One of the nation’s first ecological connectors providing an important corridor for Florida black bear and other animals

Protecting Florida’s incomparable natural springs

Troy Springs

One of Florida’s first magnitude springs with a daily flow of more than 65 million gallons of crystal clear water every day

Wakulla Springs Protection Zone

Critical recharge lands for Wakulla Springs, one of Florida’s largest springs

Providing hunting and fishing opportunities

Fisheating Creek

Excellent hunting and fishing opportunities are provided at Fisheating Creek Wildlife Management Area

Providing outdoor recreation opportunities near urban centers

Pumpkin Hill Creek

Almost 4000 acres of high quality natural lands within the rapidly growing city of Jacksonville

Atlantic Ridge Ecosystem

5,700 acres of high quality natural lands in highly urban Martin County

Supporting sustainable forestry

Goethe State Forest

53,000 acre pine forest that also provides rare species habitat and protects water quality

Public/Private conservation partnerships

Nokuse Plantation

A conservation easement providing an important ecological connector and supporting significant conservation accomplishments through private philanthropy with less public funding than full fee-simple acquisition

Babcock Ranch

73,000-acre working ranch and ecotourism property providing rare species habitat and protecting water quality

Tourism

Topsail Hill

A jewel in the Florida state park system with more than 3 miles of pristine sugar-white sand beaches on the Gulf of Mexico and beautiful freshwater coastal dune lakes.

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