Welcome to The Wetland Preserve LLC

“Conservation means development as much as it does protection. I recognize the right and duty of this generation to develop and use the natural resources of our land, but I do not recognize the right to waste them, or to rob, by wasteful use, the generations that come after us.” – Theodore Roosevelt

A forest of the great long-leaved pine, the earth covered with grass, interspersed with an infinite variety of herbaceous plants, and embellished with extensive savannas, always green”  – William Bartram, 1791

80 MILLION acres! Consider that for a moment.

Look at the map and imagine the enormity of the forest depicted, a forest extending from Coastal Virginia, south to Central Florida and then west to Texas with it’s northern edges being the Appalachian Mountains. Now imagine that forest being composed to the greatest extent of giant trees, many hundreds of years old. And these trees would be spaced not as we see our Southern Forest today, tightly packed, often with thick vegetation surrounding them, but rather spread out such that they looked more park-like than anything else.

If you can imagine all that then you have some idea of what William Bartram saw and described as he wandered the South 200+ years ago.

Our 3400 acre stewardship forest is adjacent to the Rice Creek conservation area, a 5000+ acre project of the St. Johns River Water Management District located in Putnam County, Florida. 

Most of our land falls under what is considered a “mesic flatwoods” ecosystem designation, with a fair portion of it being mature creek swamps and a smaller area of dry sand hills.

Conservation & restoration efforts are underway in all these areas. On the drier sand hill sites we have partnered with the US Fish & Wildlife Service for a gopher tortoise enhancement project. The vast majority of the creek swamps are held outside the forestry envelope meaning that baring any sort of natural calamity they are not harvested or disturbed in any way. Suitable areas of the “flatwoods” are being reforested with long leaf pine and the balance of the planted pine stand are under a “long rotation” management regimen.

The net effect of all this results in a working forest that produces not just fiber and wood but serves wildlife, protects water resources and benefits native plants.

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