Silver Springs Forest Conservation Area Grand Opening May 27

In December 2015, the Conservation Trust for Florida partnered with the Florida DEP and the St. Johns River Water Management District to purchase the 4,900-acre Silver Springs Forest Conservation Area tract. Funding also was contributed by the U.S. Forest Service Forest Legacy Program administered by the Florida Forest Service.

This acquisition links the surrounding public lands to create a 20-mile wildlife corridor and provides recreational opportunities for Floridians and visitors. In addition, the property will allow improved water quality for the aquifer to recharge. On Friday, May 27, we celebrate this important acquisition through a series of community events.

 

Silver Springs Forest CA Image by Carlton Ward, Jr.

The Silver Springs Forest Conservation Area is nearly 4,900 acres located directly north of Silver Springs State Park in Marion County. Public ownership of the property protects the headwaters of Half Mile Creek that flows into the Silver and Ocklawaha rivers. This property links Indian Lake State Forest, Silver Springs State Park, the Marjorie Harris Carr Cross Florida Greenway and SJWMD-managed lands to the Ocala National Forest.

 

 

Ribbon Cutting Ceremony and Exploration

At 9 a.m. the St. Johns River Water Management District will officially open the new Silver Springs Forest Conservation Area with a ribbon cutting at the Equestrian Trailhead. (map)

Following the ribbon cutting ceremony, SJRWMD staff will lead an interpretive hike. Equestrians are also invited to enjoy a trail ride. To attend the opening ceremony or interpretive hikes, please RSVP to tmonson@sjrwmd.com or call 904-730-6258. You can find out more about the events here.

Join the Conservation Trust for Florida for lunch at the Blue Highway Pizzeria in Ocala!

From noon until 2 p.m. some of the Conservation Trust’s board and staff will be at the Blue Highway Pizzeria in Ocala celebrating the grand opening. Come and meet them, and learn more about our important conservation work throughout Florida. (map) Blue Highway will donate a portion of your lunch purchase to the Conservation Trust.

Let us know if you will meet us for lunch on our Facebook event page, send an e-mail to cyndi@conserveflorida.org, or call 352-376-4770. We hope to see you there!