St. Joseph Bay State Buffer Preserve
Dylan Shoemaker, Preserve Manager
St. Joseph Bay State Buffer Preserve Center
3915 State Road 30-A
Port St. Joe, FL 32456
Chapman's rhododendron (Rhododendron chapmannii)
- 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
- 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 (Euphorbia
telephioides) 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 21 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
St. Joseph Bay State Buffer Preserve brochure
Take a Tram Tour of the Uplands in the "the heart of the
Preserves" at St. Joseph Bay State Buffer Preserve. On
the second Friday of each month in 2016, staff at the
Preserve will personally host a tour for the public.
Join us at 9am to 11am to enjoy a little history, a
little learning and the importance of the Buffer
Preserve to St. Joseph Bay. Reservations are required.
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The St. Joseph Bay State Buffer Preserve Management Plan
is being updated. The plan was approved by the
Acquisition and Restoration Council at the June 17,
July 22, 2016
3900 Commonwealth Boulevard M.S. 235
Tallahassee, Florida 32399
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