Koreshan Preserve

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Koreshan Preserve
(258)
3891 Broadway W.
Village of Estero , Florida 33928

Total Acres: 37.83
Number of Parcels: 1
Total Cost: $6,689,981.77
Date Acquired: Monday, August 1, 2005 *
*Date first parcel was acquired.

Additional Acquisition Information
Land Stewardship Plan

Coordinator: Terry Cain
Telephone: (239) 707-3015

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Koreshan Preserve is home to a significant population of gopher tortoises, as well as a diversity of songbirds, reptiles and rare plant species. The 37-acre preserve was acquired as an addition to the Koreshan State Historic Site. The two main plant communities at this preserve are scrubby flatwoods and mesic hammock.

Great efforts have been made to control and minimize the spread of invasive exotic plant species at this preserve. Downy rose myrtle, which had established itself as the dominant ground-level invasive plant in this habitat, has been nearly eradicated from the site. The spread of additional exotic plants into the preserve from bordering lands, including Guinea grass, rosary pea and air potato, requires frequent treatment to protect the native habitat in this area.

Additionally, dense flatwoods were thinned in 2015 to reduce the risk of wildfire and allow sunlight into open areas for gopher tortoises to forage. Conservation 20/20 staff hopes to conduct a prescribed burn in summer 2016 to minimize the risk of wildfire to nearby residents due to heavy fuel loads from dense vegetation. Prescribed burning will also encourage wildflower and native grass growth, which are important food sources for the gopher tortoises.


Recreation Opportunities:

There is no public access point for this preserve. Please contact staff to visit.

Additional Information:
This preserve includes no trails or amenities. Since the preserve borders the Koreshan State Historic Site, which is managed by the Florida Park Service, amenities can be enjoyed there, including hiking, camping and fishing.

Preserve Links:

Wildlife List

Plant List

Preserve Map:

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