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Ellis Acres Reserve

Address:25302 County Road 42, Paisley Open: Dawn to Dusk Year Round
Purchase Price: $6.663 million Size: 417 acres
Prohibited Activities: Dogs, Horses, Fishing, Hunting  

This preserve location adjacent to the Ocala National Forest and Seminole State Forest offers several miles of hiking trails through remnant Pinewoods and old pastureland. The area is great for birding and wildlife viewing. Late summer often produces large numbers of Swallow-tailed Kites over the old fields, the property also has nesting Indigo Bunting, Blue Grosbeak, and Red-headed Woodpeckers. Other species seen are Coyote, Bobcat, Florida Black Bear, and White-tailed Deer.

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Helena Run Preserve
Purchase price: $ 123,840
Size: 18 acres
General location: east of U.S. Highway 27 on Helena Run and Lake Harris
Unique benefit: Pristine forested wetlands along north shoreline of Helena Run
Potential future uses: Conservation, preservation

No Public Access

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Lady Lake Preserve
Purchase price: $214,000
Size: 63.94 acres
General location: west of Grays Airport Road near the Town of Lady Lake
Unique benefit: Eastern shoreline and lake bottom of historic Lady Lake.
Potential future uses: Conservation, preservation

No Public Access

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Lake May Reserve

Address: 36300 County Road 44A, Eustis
 (Parking Lot is 1 Mile East of Estes Rd)
Open: Dawn to Dusk Year Round
Purchase Price: $6.2 million Size: 136 acres
Prohibited Activities: Dogs, Horses, Fishing, Hunting  

Lake May Reserve offers several miles of hiking trails and is popular with runners. Lake May itself often has ducks, grebes, and herons and the property is great for bird watching and some great birds have been seen here including Ash-throated Flycatcher, Pectoral Sandpiper, and Bonaparte's Gull. Other species include Raccoon, Florida Black Bear, Coyote, and Gopher Tortoise.

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Mt. Plymouth Lakes
Purchase price: donation
Size: 184 acres
General location: Mount Plymouth community
Unique benefit: Lake bottoms and some associated uplands partially adjoining Neighborhood Lakes, a five agency joint acquisition.
Potential future uses: Conservation, preservation, passive recreation

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Neighborhood Lakes Reserve
Purchase price: $5 million (Lake County portion)
Size: 210 acres (total acquisition: 1584 acres)
General location:
South of State Road 46 and south and east of the Mt. Plymouth community.
Unique benefit: Multi-agency acquisition for Wekiva Parkway and Wekiva Basin protection. County jointly owns 210 acres with the St. Johns River Water Management District. County has sole management responsibility of the 210 acres of former agricultural land with areas of forest and wetlands.
Address: End of Fenimore Street, Sorrento
Potential future uses: Conservation, preservation, passive recreation


Pasture Reserve

Address: 5144 Lake Erie Road, Groveland Open: Dawn to Dusk Year Round
Purchase Price: $6.676 million Size: 810 acres
Prohibited Activities: Dogs, Fishing, Hunting  

The largest of the Public Land Properties at 810 acres located in the heart of the Green Swamp is an important area for water recharge to the Floridian Aquifer. The property has over 8 miles of trails and there are plans for equestrian facilities, bird blind and primitive camping in the future. Though mostly old pasture the reserve contains bits of intact scrub, cypress domes, and wetlands. Lots of species can be found including Bobcat, Florida Black Bear, Wild Turkey, Sandhill Crane, and Barred Owl.

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Pine Meadows Conservation Area - Coming Soon!

Size: 769 acres
General location: Pine Meadows Golf Course Road, Eustis


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