June 24, 2015
TALLAHASSEE, Fla. – Governor Rick Scott and the Cabinet members have approved a purchase of 1,502 acres within the Caber Coastal Connection Florida Forever project. The Cabinet agreed to pay $2.5 million for the parcel. This property will be managed by the Florida Department of Environmental Protection’s Division of Recreation and Parks to protect and restore the natural functions of the land, water and wetlands.
“Adding this property, which is contiguous with the Lower Suwannee River Wildlife Refuge and Cedar Key Scrub State Reserve, will provide numerous ecological benefits,” said DEP Secretary Jon Steverson. “The addition of this property will provide a wildlife corridor through the area, enhance efforts to protect water quality and restore wetland systems, and expand recreational activities.”
The property features a mosaic of basin swamps, dome swamps, basin marshes, hydric hammocks, mesic and wet flatwoods, tidal marshes, xeric hammocks and pine plantations. Conserving this acreage will help protect the water quality and estuarine resources in the area, benefitting the local fishing industry’s clam, oyster, blue crab and scallop harvests.
The project totals over 4,200 acres and is ranked number 5 in the Florida Forever Climate Change Lands projects category of the 2014 Priority List, which was approved by the Board of Trustees on June 17, 2014.
The property will be managed as a part of the Cedar Key Scrub State Reserve and the Cedar Key Scrub Wildlife Management Area.