|Land Acquisition and Boundary Expansion at GTM Research Reserve
The boundaries of GTM Research Reserve must encompass an adequate portion of key land and water areas of the
natural system to ensure effective conservation. Key land and water areas are defined as areas that are so vital
to the proper functioning of the estuarine ecosystem that it must be under a level of control sufficient to ensure
the long-term viability of the Reserve for research on natural processes. Buffer areas of the Reserve are
those areas that are adjacent to, or surround, the key land and water areas and are essential to maintaining their
The core areas of GTM Research Reserve are the estuarine waters and associated marshes associated with the
Tolomato, Matanzas and Guana rivers and their tributaries. The buffer area of GTM Research Reserve is
the immediate watershed of this core area. With the federal approval of its management plan, GTM
Research Reserve expanded its boundaries and is pursuing
land acquisition to better protect these core and buffer
areas. All lands included in the recent boundary
expansion remain under the direct management of their
existing designated managing agency. The expansion
streamlines coordination of agencies within core and
Faver-Dykes State Park
On April 4, 2003, Faver-Dykes State Park was expanded by 4,166 acres by a new land acquisition.
The federally designated boundary has been expanded to include that addition.
Matanzas State Forest
The Matanzas State Forest was established in 2003 with a 4,699 acre state acquisition. This property is
immediately adjacent to GTM Research Reserve's southern component. One of the primary reasons for the
expansion is to protect the last remaining undisturbed salt marsh within GTM Research Reserve.
There are three parcels identified as high priority for acquisition. The majority of parcels originally identified
have been developed, removed from consideration by the owner or acquired.
Patricia A. Rogers Parcel
This is an 18.63 acre in-parcel of uplands located on Guana Peninsula that bisects the recreational trails of
GTM Research Reserve. It contains a portion of Wright's Landing, an archaeological site containing artifacts
dating to the First Spanish Period of Colonization.
This is a 7.78 acre island of mature maritime
hammock south of the confluence of the Tolomato and Guana Rivers adjacent to the boundary
of GTM Research Reserve's northern component. Acquisition would help protect water quality and conservation lands adjacent to the
Map of proposed acquisitions for GTM Research
Reserve's Northern Component
Marineland Hardwood Hammock and Coastal Trail System
This 25 acre handwood maritime hammock represents near a pristine coastal environment. Acquisition will enhance
the ability of GTM Research Reserve to provide educational and research experiences compatible to the
surrounding community and provide significant upland forested buffers between proposed developments and the
GTM Research Reserve will continue to pursue al possible fee simple land acquisition programs for funding. It has
also developed strong partnerships with North Florida Land Trust, The Nature Conservancy and major landowners. The
planned development of the 1300 acre Nocatee Preserve on the northwestern boundary of Guana River Marsh Aquatic
Preserve is an opportunity for a cooperative relationship between GTM Research Reserve and a private landowner.
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