ACT to expand local state park  

The Alachua Conservation Trust recently facilitated a wildlife corridor linking Price's Scrub State Park with Barr Hammock Preserve.
Courtesy of Alachua Conservation Trust

The Alachua Conservation Trust (ACT) recently announced the acquisition of 124 acres within a planned area that will link Price’s Scrub State Park in Marion County and Barr Hammock Preserve in Alachua County.  

The property was owned by physicist Alex Green and astronomer Tom Carr, who were colleagues at the University of Florida.  

“This property has been in our family for over 50 years, when our father, Alex Green, purchased it after a development project fell through,” Marcie Green, who serves as the Trustee for the Green Trust, said in a press release. “He always highly valued natural Florida and our family connection to this land. We are honored to see the land now protected as part of the state park, where it can be utilized for public recreation and provide habitat for wildlife and we are grateful to ACT for their efforts in facilitating the sale.” 

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The land features high pine ridges, seepage slopes and a basin marsh that extends into the western part of the existing state park. Several species of wildlife have been spotted as well such as Bobcat, red fox, coyote, deer, gopher tortoise, wild turkey, bald eagle and sandhill crane.  

More acquisitions will be required on both the Marion and Alachua county sides to complete the entire corridor, according to the ACT release.

Courtesy of Alachua Trust Conservation

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Rogers Corner

I wonder just what the price was for this little chunk of land taken from the tax rolls was. Does a county government that refuses to maintain its roads really need to waste scarce tax dollars on more land in the name of conservation?