GROVELAND —The Lake County Parks & Trails Division is inviting nature enthusiasts to explore The Pasture Reserve during a guided hike. The hike will give participants a chance to learn about the restoration activities that the reserve has undergone, and continuing efforts to restore the area to its natural habitat. The event will take place on Saturday, Jan. 21 from 9 a.m. to 12 p.m. at the reserve, located off Lake Erie Road in Groveland.
The Pasture Reserve is located in the Green Swamp Area of Critical State Concern, the literal “heart” of the Floridan aquifer, and is a mosaic of uplands and wetlands. Wetlands include cypress strands, marsh and mixed-forested wetlands. Pasture, pine flatwoods and hardwood forest contribute to the upland areas. The property is home to deer, turkeys, alligators and gopher tortoises, among others.
At over 800 acres, the property contributes toward the restoration and conservation efforts of the Green Swamp by several government agencies, such as South West Florida Water Management District and Department of Environmental Protection. The Reserve is also within the Green Swamp Florida Forever project boundary, and is recognized and identified as part of the state-wide Ecological Greenways Network.
The hike will consist of walking less than 2 miles along unpaved, and possibly uneven, trails. Participants are encouraged to bring water, snacks, sunscreen, insect repellent, a hat and hiking shoes. Reservations are strongly recommended, but are not required.
For more information or reservations, call the Lake County Parks & Trails Division at (352) 253-4950, email firstname.lastname@example.org or visit www.lakecountyfl.gov/parks.