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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

St. Joseph Bay State Buffer Preserve Hosts Bay Day Celebration

Experience the natural beauty of the St. Joseph Bay State Buffer Preserve at the Bay Day celebration on Saturday, Feb. 7. The day's events include tram tours through the heart of the preserve, shoreline excursions, birding and nature walks, educational talks and a traditional low country boil.


TRAM Tours

On the second Friday of each month, 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: February 02, 2015

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