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20 acres purchased to extend Alva Scrub Preserve

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Posted at 12:04 PM, Oct 23, 2019
and last updated 2019-10-23 12:04:55-04

LEE COUNTY, Fla. -- Lee County say they have acquired an addition of about 20 acres to the existing 1,155-acre Conservation 20/20 Alva Scrub Preserve.

The Lee Board of County Commissioners voted August 6th to pursue the purchase. The county purchased the property for $179,100, plus costs.

This 20-acre addition to the preserve squares off a western portion of Alva Scrub Preserve. Portions of the existing preserve are home to families of Florida scrub-jays, a state and federally listed threatened species.

The primary objective for the preserve is maintaining the existing habitat for scrub-jays, as well as enhancing disturbed upland ecosystems. Enhancements include prescribed fire, plantings, pasture restoration and removal of invasive exotic plants and animals.

Conservation 20/20 is Lee County's environmentally sensitive land acquisition and management program, and has preserved 29,945 acres since its inception. For more information, visit www.Conservation2020.org.