Lee County commissioners have approved the purchase of 216 acres in the county under its Conservation 20/20 Land Acquisition Program.
The parcels, one in eastern Lee County and one Pine Island, are contiguous to existing preserves. The total purchase price for both sites is $1.35 million, according to a statement.
One parcel is a 201-acre site contiguous to Imperial Marsh Preserve-Galloway Tract. The land is about a mile south of State Road 82 and about three miles west of the eastern county line, the release states. The parcel consists of diverse mix of upland and wetland native plant communities, including flatwoods dominated by South Florida slash pine, live oak hammock, mesic hardwood hammock dominated by laurel oaks, cypress forest and some fresh water marshes.
The site, costing $1.3 million, also has wading birds in the fresh water marshes including mature and immature wood storks, sandhill cranes, glossy ibis, white ibis, snowy egrets, little blue heron, tricolored heron and great blue heron, the release adds.
The second parcel, the release states, is about 15 acres on Pine Island contiguous to the Pine Island Flatwoods Preserve, as well as Calusa Land Trust’s conservation land. The parcel, costing $52,500, consists of native pine flatwoods and mangrove forest.
The Conservation Land Acquisition and Stewardship Advisory Committee approved forwarding both of these purchases by unanimous vote in July, the release states. Conservation 20/20, which has preserved 30,225 acres since its inception, is Lee County’s environmental acquisition and management program.