THURSDAY, DECEMBER 8,1988 -[i SECTION Safety record
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Large preserve sought with developers' contributions
By Beverly Keneagy Florida Game and Fresh Water Fish Com- Allen said. preserve could be expanded later as new from a development in their county, the
Stln war mission. The preserve also would provide a habitat funds are donated. preserve should be located in that county.
Plans are under way to purchase a large Allen declined to say where the potential for the relocation of animals, such as the The land would be purchased by the "It all hinges on counties agreeing to co-
'parcel of land in Northeast Florida that will site is, but he said the tract may be pur- gopher tortoise, that may be displaced by Trust for Public Lands, a nonprofit organi- operate," Alen said. "f that doesnthappen,
serve as a preserve for wildlife threatened chased within three months large developments classified by state plan- nation. The trust would buy the land and well go back to on-ste protection."
b development, a state official said. The experimental program is the first of ners as developments of regional impact manage it until It could be purchased by On-site protection- proi mini-habi-
The land would be purchased under the its kind in Florida, Allen said. Instead of at- the tate. tat on d l -is not prac
' Nurtheast Region" ildlUie Mitigation Park tempting to protect wildlife on small par- The idea surfaced about two years ago the state
Sorthet egon e dW d gn e te stind l d nent site wi e when a Jacksonville developer, instead of But Allen said if land is not purchased tc because of econoical or bilogicl
Program, using money donatedby ge de e at d ualdevelopment sites, wildlife de land for wdlife presetion for preserve, the program probably S he a For example, U red-
velupers in lieu of having to set aside land would be protected at one large preserve in was owed to donate 180000 to establish ill be killed woodpeckers are found on a de-
to preserve wildlife habitat on development the region. velopment site, the developer may have to
sites. Under the plan, the land that would be a preserve elsewhere. The major problem in getting the program set aside such a large portion of land
Officials think they may have found ap- purchased as a preserve already would be The $180,000 from that development and under way has been provincialism Aen
ropriate property for the preserve, said the home to animals that are endangered, all future donations will be consolidated said. Some officials in Northeast Florida
ie Allen, a wildlife biology with the threatened or species of special concern, and one large tract will be purchased. The counties think that i fmds are donated (See IMPERILED. Page B-3)
the project is economically unfeasi
i Ible. "
bl.A regional planning official said it
S. is preferable in some instances to
have one large parcel as a preserve
S. rather than small parcels on a de-
"The benefits are that we can get
-* large parcels of land as preserva-
tion, rather than small tracts that
: are less valuable in protecting the
species," said Brian Teeple, deputy
.F director of the Northeast Florida
Regional Planning Council, a spon-
sor of the program.
Another problem. Allen said, has
been finding land in Northeast Flor-
ida that is affordable. The site must
be at least 1,000 acres to ensure it
is free from human intrusion.
The site also must be in the pro-
gram area, which includes the coun-
ties of Nassau, Duval, Baker. St.
Johns, Clay, Putnam and Flagler.
And preferably, the land would al-
ready include some federally pro-
Stected animals including the gopher
tortoise, red-cockaded woodpeck-
ers, Southeastern kestrel, Sher-
man's fox squirrel, gopher frog,
Florida pine snake, Florida mouse,
indigo snake and the Florida scrub