New Section of the Florida Trail Opens to the Public

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The Florida National Scenic trail just got better. Visitors can now enjoy a 243- acre property southeast of Orlando called the Crosby Island Marsh Preserve. The area is now home to over a mile of the Florida trail. Beth Jackson, the Environmental Program Supervisor says the ribbon cutting ceremony celebration marked the 13th green place property to be open to the public.

The types of habitats located on the parcel are Pine Flat woods, Freshwater Marshes, Oak Hammocks and the littoral zone of Lake Mary Jane. Acquisition of this area added 3,000 acre wildlife corridor. It’s a part of an ongoing initiative to preserve environmentally sensitive lands, protect water resources and provide an outdoor passive recreational experience. It is part of an ongoing effort and commitment to both land conservation and recreational access

Orange County Mayor Jerry Demings, who was present at the ceremony says this new public land will give visitors a way to experience Florida’s natural habitat. For visitors, parking will be available over at Moss park and a designated trail will take you into Crosby Island Marsh Preserve.

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