Bob Janes Preserve

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Bob Janes Preserve
Access Undetermined
Alva , Florida 33920

Total Acres: 5620.37
Number of Parcels: 1
Total Cost: $41,538,620.00
Date Acquired: Monday, July 31, 2006 *
*Date first parcel was acquired.

Additional Acquisition Information
Land Stewardship Plan

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

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Bob Janes Preserve is the largest Conservation 20/20 preserve, totaling 5,620 acres. This land was formerly a portion of Babcock Ranch. Lee County and the State of Florida partnered to purchase this piece of the former ranch.

In 2009, the preserve was renamed Bob Janes Preserve in recognition of Lee County Commissioner Bob Janes. Commissioner Janes, who passed away in 2010, was instrumental in the county’s efforts to successfully acquire the land for the preserve.

The preserve was originally managed in conjunction with the adjacent state preserve property by Babcock Ranch LLC, a private corporation, and later managed by the Florida Forest Service. In August 2016, the Lee County Board of County Commissioners voted to transfer management back to the county.

The preserve includes large swaths of cypress swamp, wet prairie, several creeks, freshwater marshes and wet flatwoods. A 1-mile marked hiking trail can be accessed from trails on the adjacent Telegraph Creek Preserve. Future recreational opportunities may include additional marked hiking and equestrian trails. Conservation 20/20 staff is currently working on a management plan for this preserve. Once it is completed and approved by the Board of County Commissioners, work will begin to establish recreational offerings.

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

Telegraph Creek & Bob Janes Preserves Trail Map

The preserve is open daily during daylight hours.

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