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Florida Communities Trust Highlights
Florida Communities Trust assists communities in protecting important natural resources, providing recreational opportunities and preserving Florida's traditional working waterfronts through the competitive criteria in the Parks and Open Space Florida Forever Grant Program and the Stan Mayfield Working Waterfronts Florida Forever Grant Program. These local land acquisition grant programs provide funding to local governments and eligible non-profit organizations to acquire land for parks, open space, greenways and projects supporting Florida's seafood harvesting and aquaculture industries. The source of funding for Florida Communities Trust comes from Florida Forever proceeds. more
Doris Leeper Spruce Creek Preserve in Volusia County

Doris Leeper Spruce Creek Preserve in Volusia County by Michael Wray

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Pear Park, Florida


When the Institute of Food and Agricultural Sciences began consolidating their Palatka Environmental and Agricultural Reserve research center in Apopka in 1996, local citizens developed a conceptual master plan for the use of the property. Through the Department’s Florida Communities Trust, funding was approved for the PEAR Park Gateway that opens onto 50 acres of live oaks, magnolias and red maples leading to the 263 acres of natural wetlands and multi-use trails along the Palatlakaha River. The park provides habitat for more than 170 bird species, including several endangered and threatened such as the Florida scrub jay. Wildflowers and a butterfly garden attract some 40 species of butterflies. A variety of mammals and reptiles including bobcats, gopher tortoises and river otters find refuge there, while overhead, ospreys, hawks and kestrels gracefully scout for food.
Other amenities at the park include softball and soccer fields, pavilions, several gardens, a dog park, playground and nature center.

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