North Florida Land Trust is looking to protect a piece of property near the headwaters of the Guana River in Ponte Vedra Beach. The land, at 1105 A1A North, contains a mixture of live oak hammock and cabbage palm that is surrounded by the freshwater wetlands of the Guana River. It is among the 112,346 acres in NFLT’s seven-county focus area deemed in critical need of preservation. It is quality marsh habitat that is rich with wildlife including roseate spoonbills, tricolored herons, great egrets, snowy egrets, white ibis, clapper rails, and others.
EVERYTHING FLOWS DOWNSTREAM! Protecting this property will ensure the longterm health of the headwaters of the Guana River, thus protecting the entirety of the downstream ecosystems and wildlife habitat for years to come. This includes protecting the Guana Tolomato Matanzas National Estuarine Research Reserve (GTM Research Reserve), one of 28 coastal sites designated to protect and study estuarine systems in the U.S. The land for sale at 1105 A1A North is a stretch of freshwater marsh and upland maritime hammock that is vital to the adaptability of this estuarine system under sea level rise. Protecting this land is critical to ensure the future health of the GTM Research Reserve.
Additionally, this property would provide public recreational access to the beautiful Guana River at the McGarvey-Goelz Preserve, already owned and managed by NFLT. So much of A1A is developed already, but the land along the headwaters of the Guana River can still be protected. Help us ensure the protection of this pristine natural resource, an oasis amid the developed landscape, at 1105 A1A North. Give to Guana this #GivingTuesday!