Lee County Adds 310 Acres to Alva Scrub Preserve
Lee County added 309.69 acres to the Alva Scrub Preserve on Friday, July 6, 2012. The
acquisition was funded by the Conservation 20/20 Program. The parcel is located south
of State Road 80 (Pam Beach Boulevard) on Goggin Road in the Alva area in East Lee
County. The property is adjacent to existing Alva Scrub along a portion of the southerly
boundary. The Alva Scrub Preserve is a group of parcels that make up preserve corridor
already managed by the Conservation 20/20 Program.
The subject property has three main native plant communities: freshwater forested
wetlands (cypress), pine flatwoods and hardwood hammock. The plant communities are
relatively intact, which will conserve the expenditure of restoration funds. The Hickey’s
Creek Canal that runs along the property offers an opportunity for flow way restoration
to provide floodplain protection on both sides of the canal. Wetlands would be
rehydrated after restoration of Hickey's Creek Extension to improve water quality.
The owners wanted $3,406,700 for the property, but the Division of County Lands, the
County Office which negotiates land purchases for the County, was able to acquire the
property for $1,749,749.
The Conservation 20/20 program buys environmentally important lands for
preservation. It’s funded by a property tax, which was approved by referendum in
1996. It is 50 cents for every $1,000 of taxable property value. Since the first purchase
in 1997, the County’s Conservation 20/20 program has made 115 land purchases and
the land inventory now stands at 24,781 acres.
Location of acquired property