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St. Joseph Bay State Buffer Preserve What's New

Location:

Gulf County

Acreage:

5,019 acres

Contact:

Dylan Shoemaker, Preserve Manager
St. Joseph Bay State Buffer Preserve Center
3915 State Road 30-A
Port St. Joe, FL 32456
(850) 229-1787
Dylan.Shoemaker@dep.state.fl.us

 

Chapman's rhododendron (Rhododendron chapmannii)

Shoreline of St. Joseph Bay
  • St. Joseph Bay State Buffer Preserve provides an essential buffer to St. Joseph Bay that helps protect the bay's water quality, natural productivity and critical habitats.
     
  • St. Joseph Preserve State Buffer Preserve protects an intact natural coastal landscape with one of the highest concentrations of rare plants in the Southeast, including globally-imperiled species such as Chapman's rhododendron, Telephus spurge and pinewoods aster (Aster spinulosus).
     
  • Money Bayou is an unusual tidal creek that flows directly into the Gulf of Mexico instead of an intervening bay or sound.
     
  • St. Joseph Bay State Buffer Preserve contains 20 known archaeological and historical sites, dating from prehistoric times to the 20th century.
     
  • The dune/swale system formed by sand dunes created during ancient changes in sea level in St. Joseph Bay State Buffer Preserve is one of the most stable and clearly defined of such topographic features found anywhere.
     
  • Additional Information about St. Joseph Bay State Buffer Preserve
  • St. Joseph Bay State Buffer Preserve brochure

Rare Plant Species Blossom after Prescribed Burn

Significant discoveries at a Northwest Florida Buffer Preserve are creating excitement for scientists, staff and residents alike. Several new sites of five rare plants were recently discovered at St. Joseph Bay State Buffer Preserve by Allix North, park service specialist. These plants appeared after a prescribed burn of conservation land this spring, which had no recorded previous burn history. The new plants are tropical waxweed (Cuphea aspera), Florida skullcap (Scutellaria floridana), Chapmanā€™s crownbeard (Verbesina chapmanii), bog tupelo (Nyssa ursina) and Telephus spurge (Euphorbia telephioides).

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TRAM Tours

On the first Friday of each month (except July & Oct) Buffer Staff host TRAM Tours for the public. The tour lets you explore the Uplands with an experienced guide and provides opportunities to observe the diverse communities present at the Buffer. Tour time is 9 am to 11 am departing from the Welcome Center parking lot. Join us to learn about the history and importance of the Buffer Preserve.


The St. Joseph Bay State Buffer Preserve Management Plan is being updated.

 

Last updated: June 23, 2014

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