The river is one of the most beautiful places in Florida. There's no other place that I've been that's like this.
In the morning, you look out through the trees which looks like a rainforest; you see the steam rising off the
river and you can just go outside and you feel the humidity in the air which in the morning, usually isn't
uncomfortable. During the day, it's just a fun place to go out and forget about everything and do nothing.
An extensive floodplain of hardwood forest, approximately three miles wide in some areas provides natural habitat
for a diverse array of wildlife including several designated as Endangered, Threatened or of Special Concern. The
wood stork, an endangered species, nests in cypress trees within the aquatic preserve and is often observed
feeding in certain shallow areas of the river. The little blue heron, tricolored heron and limpkin - Species of
Special Concern - nest and forage along the Wekiva banks.
I'm a second generation Floridian. This part of Florida is a slice of what Florida used to be; has the wildlife
and the birds and just the beauty that I remember in Florida as a child. If you know of places like this, whether
it's a spring-fed river, a lake, a piece of woods, you really care for it, then get involved in protecting it
because you wait until it's threatened, it may be too late. And only if we raise our voices, will we be heard.
The Wekiva River watershed, with its upland, wetland and riverine habitats, provide an important wildlife
corridor, connecting thousands of acres of publicly owned conservation lands to the Ocala National Forest.
This is my favorite place to be. We have to take care of what God's given us. Once it's gone, it's not coming
back. If we don't take care of the environment around us, it'll be like the movies you see of the future. You see
Minority Report. Everything was one city. You have to go way out into the middle of nowhere to get into a
little country home. That wouldn't be too fun.
It's a place to get away from the hurry of the world. It's a place to find quietness of soul, to calm your
spirit. It's important for the wildlife - the animals and plants that I think the good Lord gave us and we
should have good stewardship of. And without these kinds of places and without some of these places being
connected, all these beautiful gifts will disappear.