Alva Scrub Preserve

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Alva Scrub Preserve
(057/127/136/195/325/357/163-3)
Edwards Drive, Joel Blvd., Witt's End Rd., Langford Rd., and Goggin Rd.
Alva , Florida 33920

Total Acres: 1155.49
Number of Parcels: 7
Total Cost: $16,668,708.50
Date Acquired: Friday, April 30, 1999 *
*Date first parcel was acquired.

Additional Acquisition Information
Land Stewardship Plan

Coordinator: Laura Greeno
Telephone: (239) 707-2206

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Visitors to Alva Scrub Preserve can explore many diverse plant communities, including mesic and scrubby flatwoods, oak hammock and cypress ponds. Gopher tortoises, great-horned owls and a variety of songbirds may be observed throughout the year. A Florida Panther has also occasionally been observed at the preserve. This 1,155-acre preserve also offers a 4-mile east-west corridor across which wildlife can travel.

This preserve consists of seven land parcels acquired between 1999 and 2012. The parcels extend from the southern boundary of Hickey Creek Mitigation Park, near Bateman Road, across to the eastern side of Edwards Drive.

Due to planned large-scale restoration projects, no designated trails currently exist. However, public access is permitted for hiking on parcel 357, via an access gate and designated parking area on the west side of Goggin Road. A second gate, with no designated parking, is located from Witt’s End Road, a private road off of Goggin Road.

Conservation 20/20 restoration efforts to improve this habitat include invasive exotic vegetation treatment and conducting prescribed burns. These efforts are additionally supported through mitigation funding.


Recreation Opportunities:
Bird Watching, Hiking (Unmarked or Fire Lines), Nature Study/Photography

Alva Scrub Preserve Map


Additional Information:
Parcel 163 was acquired after the Alva Scrub Preserve Land Stewardship Plan was published. This addendum presents the land management and public use plans for this 310-acre site, including plans to eventually create a 5-mile biking trail and a 5-mile equestrian/hiking trail. Parcel 195, on the eastern side of Edwards Drive, contains important habitat for the Florida Scrub-Jay, a federally-listed threatened species. Restoration work to improve this habitat is ongoing.

Preserve Links:

Wildlife List

Plant List

Preserve Map:

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