Tuesday, March 07, 2006


Just the major areas; there are hundreds of small batches of nice bottomlands


Pensacola Bay tributaries --

1. Escambia River (entire length) quite nice

2. Yellow River (entire length) plus Titi Creek and lower Shoal River

3. East Bay River

Others --

4. Chocktawhatchee River (entire length) plus Pine Log

5. Appalachicola River, entire length but especially below Bristol; extensive swamps in lower delta.

6. Ochlockonee below Lake Talquin, plus Bradwell Bay and other flatwoods swamps around lower portion


7. Extensive coastal flatwoods from in Taylor, Dixie, Levy, and Citrus counties. Large continuous forest areas from just behind the saltwater line for 5-10 miles inland, plus a large patch in east-central Levy county inland of highway 19.

8. Suwannee River (entire length) plus lowermost Withlacoochee River and Santa Fe River below I-75, contiguous with the coastal forest

9. Withlacoochee River (not the same one as #8) along the Citrus - Sumter county line

10. Upper Hillsborough - Withlacoochee area in Hillsborough, Pasco, and Polk counties.

11. Peace River from Bowling Green to Charlotte Harbor

SOUTH FLORIDA (below Lake Okeechobee):

12. Corkscrew Swamp. Beautiful and famous but more fragmented than I expected.

13. Big Cypress area. The largest patch in Florida. Especially north of Highway 41, including the Seminole and Miccosukee Reservations and Fakahatchee Strand.

14. Northeastern Hendry county, a lot of interesting looking areas, mixed forest and open land, hard to interpret from the air -- Devil's garden, Wild Cow Island, places around there.

15. Loxahatchee NWR (though it seems pretty unlikely they'd have been overlooked here)

This is some awfully heavily settled country for much to have been overlooked, but there is interesting habitat:

16. Upper St. Johns on Orange/Brevard county line.

17. Spruce Creek Swamp, southern Volusia county

18. Middle St. Johns from estreme eastern Lake county to areas surrounding Lake George and Crescent Lake. Quite a lot of nice swampland but fairly well-populated with those hairless ape creatures too.

19. Ocklawaha River in central Marion county.

And finally...

20. Lower Nassau River along the Nassau/Duval county line (including Timucuan Preserve). Fairly small and isolated.


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