During these times when water bottling factories and phosphate mines threaten our river, and when our own DEP is allowing the slow death our our springs and rivers, it is refreshing to see steps being taken NOT to kill our river but preserve it.
Our thanks to the generous Lundgrens for helping preserve portions of our upper Santa Fe River.
Thanks also to OSFR members Kristin Rubin, David Vaina and Mike Roth for links.
Read the complete article here at Alachua County.us News.
Comments by OSFR historian Jim Tatum.
– A river is like a life: once taken,
it cannot be brought back © Jim Tatum
Donation of Land Adds Protection to Santa Fe River
Published on 5/14/2021
>Last updated: 5/14/2021 11:45 AM
Alachua County has received a major donation of land on the Santa Fe River from Dr. Dale A. and Helen C. Lundgren. The property will be managed under the Alachua County Forever program and will add permanent protection to the Santa Fe River.
>The 236-acre Lundgren property was a joint gift by the Lundgrens to Alachua County, Alachua Conservation Trust (ACT), and Conservation Florida, two local land trusts. ACT and Conservation Florida were granted a conservation easement over the property before ownership was transferred to the County. The donors requested this arrangement to ensure that their beloved property would remain undeveloped, further protecting their conservation legacy.
>The property lies in the Upper Santa Fe River basin, about five miles northwest of Waldo. It has almost a mile of frontage on the Santa Fe River and includes the Moccasin Branch, a pristine tributary of the river. There are a variety of natural communities in good to excellent condition, including sandhill, floodplain forest, and dome swamp.
The property will provide numerous environmental benefits, including protecting water quality, storing floodwaters, and providing wildlife habitat. It will be managed as a preserve by the Office of Land Conservation and Management under the Alachua County Forever program. Development of public access and recreational amenities is anticipated once the management planning process is complete.