Pine Island Flatwoods Preserve

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Pine Island Flatwoods Preserve
6351 Stringfellow Rd
St James City, Florida 33956

Total Acres: 919.64
Number of Parcels: 8
Total Cost: $9,251,904.00
Date Acquired: Monday, May 15, 2000 *
*Date first parcel was acquired.

Additional Acquisition Information
Land Stewardship Plan

Coordinator: Tyler Marzella
Telephone: (239) 220-7243

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Totaling nearly 920 acres, this large preserve consists of eight land parcels acquired between 2000 and 2011. The preserve consists of nine native plant communities, including mesic pine flatwoods, freshwater marshes, tidal swamp, hydric hammock and coastal grassland.

The most recent acquisition to this preserve is land on the eastern side of the island that extends through a mangrove forest to Matlacha Pass. Known as Pine Island Flatwoods Preserve - Bayside, a Mini Stewardship Plan was written to allow for restoration activities to occur on this land.

Prescribed burning is used at this preserve to minimize the risk of wildfire due to heavy fuel loads caused by dense vegetation. This activity also helps to improve habitat critical for the gopher tortoise, a state-listed threatened species.

This preserve includes a 1.5-mile marked hiking trail, as well as more than 6 miles of unmarked fire lines that may be hiked.

Restoration Update:
The Bayside portion of Pine Island Flatwoods Preserve, located on the east side of Stringfellow Road, is reopened to public access following the heavy equipment phase of a wetland restoration project. Efforts continue onsite to restore nearly 70 acres of pasture previously used for cattle-grazing, including the removal of non-native plant species and the introduction of key native plant species to benefit wildlife. Click to view a map of this restoration project. For any questions regarding these restoration activities, contact Tyler Marzella, Conservation 20/20 Land Stewardship Coordinator, at (239) 220-7243.

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

Pine Island Flatwoods Preserve Trail Map

Additional Information:
Guided nature walks occur at this preserve. Download guided walks schedule

Preserve Links:

Wildlife List

Plant List

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