Bogey Creek Expansion
After a wildly popular opening year, we have an opportunity to expand the footprint and impact of Bogey Creek Preserve. The Preserve is North Florida Land Trust’s first public park, which opened to the community in April of 2019. It is a beautiful example of “Old Florida” with its 70 acres of cypress swamp, maritime hammock forest, and salt marsh overlooking the Timucuan Preserve in Duval County. Trails on the Preserve take you through the various ecosystems and the experience is a step back in time, into the wild.
Now, we need your help to acquire an additional 12 acres of adjacent forests and streams to expand the Bogey Creek Preserve trail system and protect this neighboring property from development. We only have until October to save this land.
Help us raise $150,000 by October 2020 to protect Bogey Creek!
Coastal wetlands are essential to preserving habitat for fish and wildlife, filtering pollution, and providing flood and storm buffering. Salt marshes support a vast food web that includes:
- Marsh wrens
- Seaside sparrows
- Wood storks
- And more!
This property supports habitat for threatened and endangered species like gopher tortoise, wood stork, Atlantic Sturgeon, shortnose sturgeon, and West Indian manatee.
Bogey Creek Preserve is adjacent to the Timucuan Ecological and Historic Preserve and fills a gap within a 6,000-acre matrix of conservation lands including Pumpkin Hill Creek Preserve State Park, Cedar Point Preserve and Betz Tiger Point Preserve. This expansion provides an opportunity to connect Bogey Creek Preserve trails to the 4,000-acre Pumpkin Hill Creek Preserve State Park, as well as lands owned by City of Jacksonville and the National Park Service.
This connectivity to other preserved areas multiplies the impact of conservation in an area that is increasingly under threat of development. It is considered the “last frontier” of wild land remaining in Jacksonville but will not remain that way if we don’t act now.
RECREATION & PROGRAMMING
Now, more than ever, it is critical for our physical and mental well-being to have more natural areas for recreation and relaxation. As a public preserve, Bogey Creek provides year-round opportunities for hiking, biking, picnicking, fishing, kayaking, canoeing, geocaching, and wildlife observation.
NFLT schedules regular educational and interpretive programs for the public and with various partner organizations. Supporting this project is supporting the growth and reach of these programs for our community.
YOUR HELP IS NEEDED
For this expansion to be possible, we need to raise a minimum of $150,000 by October 2020. Will you save part of “Old Florida” today with a gift? Your gift of any amount makes the expansion of Bogey Creek Preserve a reality.