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Description: This 183 acre environmental gem was purchased by Charlotte County in 1994, with money from the state of Florida (Florida Forever Funding). An additional 34 acres was acquired in 2002 as Florida Scrub-Jay mitigation. The addition linked the County-owned preserve land with the Charlotte Harbor Buffer Preserve State Park. This 217-acre environmental park is managed by the Charlotte County Parks, Recreation and Cultural Resources Department.

Vegetation Communities: Scrub, scrubby flatwoods, pine flatwoods, slough systems, and lake.

Location: Englewood peninsula east of SR 775. Park access is of Gasparilla Pines Blvd.

Amenities: Trail system with informational kiosks, bird blinds at the lake, rest rooms, parking, playground, etc.

Animal Species:  You may not be able to see all these species

Birds that you may encounter year-round include: Florida scrub-jay Bald eagle Cardinal Blue jay Red Shouldered Hawk Roseate Spoonbill Rufous Sided Towhee Wood Stork Osprey White-eyed vireo Little Blue Heron Turkey Vulture Great Egret Black Vulture Snowy Egret

Migrants that you may see: White Pelican Robin Pine Warbler Green-winged Teal Pine Warbler Palm Warbler Blue-winged Teal Yellow-rumped Warbler Tree Swallow

Documented Mammals: Raccoon Bobcat Feral Hog Opossum Armadillo

Documented Herps: Cricket Frog Green Treefrog Pinewoods Treefrog Gopher Tortoise Red shouldered Hawk

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