West Palm Beach, FL - The South Florida Water Management District (SFWMD) Governing Board today approved another land purchase to help preserve the Shingle Creek Management Area in Orange and Osceola counties, which serves as the headwaters for America's Everglades. In the past year, the District has bought about 12.5 acres and is under contract to buy nearly 4 more acres in Shingle Creek from willing sellers. SFWMD now owns nearly 2,500 acres for conservation within Shingle Creek.
||This map shows the land owned by SFWMD in the Shingle Creek Management Area in blue as well as the two parcels being purchased from willing sellers for conservation in red. Click on the image for a larger version.
"This Board is dedicated to ensuring the health of the Everglades, and Shingle Creek is critical to achieving this goal," said SFWMD Governing Board Member and Orange County resident Dan O'Keefe. "Every parcel we can secure helps preserve Shingle Creek, which is an important step for the Everglades and a worthy investment in the future of our environment."
The Governing Board approved purchasing 1.27 acres from a willing seller in Shingle Creek as part of an effort to acquire these lands for conservation since 1991. Originally, the purchase of these lands occurred through the Save Our Rivers program and subsequently with mitigation funds. The creek's unique hydrologic function and environmental value continue to enhance for the Everglades.
About Shingle Creek
Recognized as the headwaters of America's Everglades, the Shingle Creek Management Area is the largest natural area in the Greater Orlando area. It is comprised primarily of hardwood swamps with some upland habitat and is home to 154 different wildlife species. The swamp plays a critical role in providing regional flood protection and ensuring water quality. This area also offers extensive public recreation opportunities for thousands of residents and visitors each year and includes activities such as kayaking, hiking, biking, fishing and wildlife viewing.