47 Acres Added to Bulow Creek State Park

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47 Acres Added to Bulow Creek State Park

Bulow Creek

TALLAHASSEE, Fla. – The Florida Department of Environmental Protection has purchased a 47-acre parcel adjacent to Bulow Creek State Park near Ormond Beach in Volusia County. This property is part of the Strategic Managed Areas Lands List Florida Forever Project and is one of the last remaining private inholdings within the state park.

The acquisition of the land will facilitate resource management, provide a buffer from potential encroaching development and allow for the future expansion of public access and recreational activities.

“Bulow Creek State Park is a prime example of the Real Florida. This addition allows us to better manage resources and provide memorable visitor experiences,” said Florida State Parks Director Eric Draper. “We thank the Governor and Legislature for continuing to invest in Florida Forever to protect our state’s special places.”

“The property is the last piece of undeveloped privately-held shoreline in the Tomoka Basin,” said Tomoka Basin State Parks Manager Phillip Rand. “This parcel has the will provide additional natural views of the Tomoka Basin and the associated salt marsh.”

Bulow Creek State Park conserves nearly 5,600 acres, with more than 1,500 acres of marsh and coastal habitat. The highlight of the park is one of the largest remaining stands of southern live oak forest along Florida's east coast. This park also protects important habitat for imperiled bird species and quality of water entering the Halifax and Tomoka rivers.

Florida Forever is the state's conservation and recreation lands acquisition program, a blueprint for conserving our natural resources and renewing our commitment to conserve our natural and cultural heritage. The Florida Department of Environmental Protection's Division of State Lands is Florida’s lead agency for environmental management and stewardship.