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Alpine Grove

by Matt
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Published on: October 5, 2017

Having contemplated this admirable grove, I proceeded towards the shrubberies on the banks of the river, and though it was now late in December, the aromatic groves appeared in full bloom.

-William Bartram

South of Fruit Cove, FL is a town called Switzerland.  As SR-13 edges closer to the St. Johns River, the pines fade away and are replaced with magnolias, maples, and oaks.  This section of Florida was famously mapped and explored by William Bartram, an 18th century naturalist that explored what were at the time the southern most of the 13 colonies along the coast.  (more…)

Plans in the works for Exchange Club Island

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Published on: May 10, 2013

From the Jacksonville Daily Record:

The mayor’s office and City have begun reviewing possible projects in and near the St. Johns River, with both expressing interest to make improvements to Exchange Club Island below the Mathews Bridge.

Mayor Alvin Brown has released his prioritized list of projects he would like to seek matching funds for from the Florida Inland Navigational District.

The City’s Waterways Commission district subcommittee discussed the list at a Jan. 7 meeting and the full commission will discuss Jan. 28.

The proposed Exchange Club Island project is to design and permit a small boat dock and shoreline kayak area for the island to improve boater access. The project also calls for a hiking trail and pavilions with tables and grills. (more…)

Fort Caroline National Monument

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Published on: March 11, 2013

Today, MetroJacksonville has a good article on Ft. Caroline and the surrounding natural and historical attractions – many of which have been mentioned or detailed here.  It’s worth a look, and provides some more information on the Theodore Roosevelt nature area, Spanish Pond, and even the gravestone of John Nathan Spearing.  If you ever get the chance, take a day to make it out to this area and see the sights.  They’re literally right across the street from each other.  In the meantime, read the article here.

REI opens in Jacksonville

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Published on: March 7, 2013

REI has opened its first store in Florida, and started with the Jacksonville market.  Just a few hundred yards from Black Creek Outfitters, its grand opening this past week drew hundreds that lined up before they opened.  Read all about the new store here.

Dutton Island

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Published on: August 21, 2012

Well, I’ve been out of the country for a couple of weeks, so I there hasn’t been much activity here.  While I sort through some new photos from St. Augustine, here’s another video from JaxParks.com:

Cedar Point Preserve

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Published on: July 26, 2012

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Thomas Creek Fish Camp

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Published on: June 21, 2012

From Ron Littlepage, of the Times-Union:

On a morning unusally cool for June, I slipped my kayak into the smooth, tannic water of Thomas Creek.

There are many wonderful places to paddle in our area. This is among the very best.

Thomas Creek forms part of the border between Duval and Nassau counties and runs for miles through thousands of acres of preservation property before flowing into the Nassau River.

There are no rooftops here, just magnificent forests on both banks that are highlighted by towering cypress trees that take your breath away. (more…)

Ancient Oaks of Jacksonville

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Published on: June 19, 2012

One of the most identifying features of Southern landscapes are the live oaks – massive, sprawling trees that form dense canopies in our forests.  In an article from MetroJacksonville, a photo essay explores some of the ancient live oak trees in our area.

For the full gallery, click here.

Cheetahs, rhinos among the animals at Nassau’s White Oak Plantation

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Published on: April 30, 2012

Sighting zebras in a field and cheetahs in the distance can quickly soften the discomfort of a washboard road leading through the North Florida pine country to the White Oak Conservation Center at White Oak Plantation.

And for about 100 visitors to the breeding and conservation center about 30 miles north of Jacksonville, animals were what they came for Sunday.

“It’s something to have cheetahs and giraffes drooling on you on the same day,” said Ann Farra, a visitor from Atlantic Beach. “Who can complain about that?” (more…)

Expedition Points Out Need For Protected Wildlife Corridor In Florida

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Published on: April 25, 2012

As people on the First Coast and around the world celebrate Earth Day today, a trio of intrepid conservationists is finishing a 100-day, 1,000-mile trek through some of Florida’s most scenic and sensitive areas with the goal of promoting the creation of a protected wildlife corridor across the state.

The Florida Wildlife Corridor Expedition team made the trek from Everglades National Park to Okefenokee National Wildlife Refuge.

Biologist Joe Guthrie, conservationist Mallory Lykes Dimmitt and photojournalist Carlton Ward Jr., all long involved in helping protect Florida’s natural heritage, came together in 2009 to advocate for a connected corridor stretching from the Everglades to the Georgia border. (more…)

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