Why We Selected This Site
A private foundation donated funds in 2003, asking us to protect this property and create an opportunity for others to experience natural Florida. The freshwater and terrestrial habitats—among the most highly biodiverse in North America—offer important opportunities for nature-based recreation, education and research.
This ecologically significant longleaf pine forest once dominated the South, but today—reduced by development, logging and the absence of fire—only about 4% of the original forests remain. Many of the healthiest stands are in northwest Florida. Longleaf pine trees, which live for hundreds of years and reach heights of 120 feet, typically harbor hundreds of additional species.