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SANTA FE RIVER PRESERVE

SUMMARY

Size: 96 acres
Date conserved: 2012
Partner Organizations: Florida Communities Trust

DESCRIPTION

Santa Fe River Preserve protects 96 acres on the banks of the Santa Fe River near Worthington Springs which includes high bluffs along the river and an interesting tangle of floodplain forest where the New River converges with the Santa Fe.

This project was another great public-private partnership, with two-thirds of the funding coming from Florida Communities Trust, and one-third being donated by two family foundations. The land was purchased from Gainesville Regional Utilities (GRU), which had originally acquired the property two decades ago for a rail spur that was never built.

The preserve has an interesting mix of flora which in turn support a wide diversity of wildlife. There are wild azaleas and rain lilies on the banks; large birch trees, cypresses, and gums in the bottomlands; and a ridge of live oaks and pines in the uplands with lots of sparkleberry and wire grass in the understory. Bears frequent the river corridor, and there is a rare and endangered mussel in this watershed.

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