The property lies in Aripeka and includes springs, the spring run from Magnolia Spring, a 40-ft natural sand ridge and freshwater swamps that flow into Hammock Creek.
The second magnitude Hammock Creek spring system includes Boat, Magnolia, Aripeka 1 and 2 springs which all flow into Hammock Creek that connects with the Gulf of Mexico.
The parcel is situated at the southern end of the coastal conservation lands corridor, that stretches all the way to Tallahassee, where the endangered Florida Black Bear still roams free. It will help connecting public lands and keep water resources and habitats safe from development.
The $1,370,000 bill is funded by the District’s Florida Forever Trust Funds.
The Florida Fish & Wildlife Conservation Commission seeks your help to increase their understanding of the Florida black bear’s range and activity. The FWC biologists hope that involving the public, will help them to get additional data on the local bear population.
All bear sightings and especially those of female bears and their cubs are welcome.
As fall has arrived, and pleasant temperatures lure you back to the wild ares of Florida, all those hikers, kayakers, bird-watchers and hunters should report any bear tracks or encounters and submit their information or photo’s to the FWC’s website.
The growing human population in this state puts an ever increasing pressure on the already limited and isolated areas of bear habitat. Improved knowledge and better preservation will help us to better coexist with these elusive animals!