Alachua County has purchased a 605-acre tract adjacent to its Phifer Flatwoods Preserve off County Road 2082, just west of Hawthorne, for $1.5 million, according to a release on Tuesday.
Bought on Friday through the Alachua County Forever program, the new purchase will run along two miles of the Lochloosa Creek as it heads toward Lochloosa Lake. The land came from the Carrie C. Brown family, and the purchase happened on what would have been Brown’s 107th birthday.
The Wild Spaces Public Places program (WSPP), a half-cent surtax in Alachua County, funded the acquisition. Since WSPP began in 2016, the county has bought 13,405 acres of land with the funds. The Alachua County Forever program has protected, though purchases and easements, 32,506 acres since 2000.