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Guided hike to give sneak peek of new nature preserve

RELEASE DATE: January 4, 2008

FERNDALE — Lake County will give hikers a sneak peek of the Ferndale Preserve, located on County Road 455 about 5 miles south of the intersection with County Road 561, during a guided tour on Saturday, Jan. 12, from 8:30 to 10:30 a.m.

The 192-acre preserve is located on Lake Apopka and offers picturesque vistas and a plethora of wildlife. The Lake County Parks & Trails Division is constructing improvements at the Ferndale Preserve, including hiking trails, equestrian trails, parking lot and observation tower, and is planning to open the property to the public this year.

During the guided nature hike, Lake County's park rangers will be identifying birds, butterflies and other wildlife that frequent the preserve, such as the Florida Bobcat and Gopher Tortoise. The hike will be 2 to 3 miles over hilly and sometimes uneven terrain. Participants are encouraged to wear appropriate clothing and footwear. Park rangers also recommend bringing binoculars, insect repellent and water.

For more information or to make reservations for the guided nature hike, call Park Ranger Gallus Quigley at (352) 742-0992 or e-mail parksandtrails@lakecountyfl.gov.

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