Koreshan Preserve

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Koreshan Preserve
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: Hanna Joergens
Telephone: (239) 707-3325

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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 is adjacent to Koreshan State Park.

The two main plant communities at this preserve are scrubby flatwoods and mesic hammock. Great efforts have been made to control 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 have been thinned to reduce the risk of wildfire and allow sunlight into open areas for gopher tortoises to forage. Prescribed burns will also encourage wildflower and native grass growth, which are important food sources for gopher tortoises.

Recreation Opportunities:

There is no public access available at this preserve. Several amenities can be enjoyed at the adjacent Koreshan State Park, including hiking, camping and fishing.

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