In 2002 the Alachua County Forever program made its first conservation land purchase, the Mill Creek Preserve, 1,190 acres of deep hardwood forest containing the southernmost stand of beech trees in North America.
Meet county biologist Steve Hofstetter in the parking lot of Hitchcock’s grocery store on US-441 in Alachua to carpool to the Preserve.
Difficulty: 3 (may involve elevation change, uneven terrain, and/or walking distances greater than two miles).
*The Conservation Lands Educational Program (CLEP) is designed to bring attention to local land conservation efforts. These trips are conducted on properties purchased to protect natural resources and will be led by a representative of the agency in charge, who will discuss ecological features and history. CLEP trips will be educational experiences, so the emphasis will be on much more than birding.