New Wakulla Recreation Area Preserves Wildlands into the Future

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Guy Revell wants people to see the 250 acres of land dotted with sinkholes and massive oak trees in Wakulla County as he has done for decades.

Now, after the land has been acquired by the Northwestern Florida Water Management District and turned into a hiking trail and conservation area, that wish will live on forever.

“This property has been in my family for many years,” said Revell, originally from County Wakulla. “I inherited it and it feels like it’s time to do something with it and I don’t want to develop it.”

Guy Revell Jr. speaks with reporters at the opening of the E. Guy Revell Jr. Nature Trail Conservation Area in Wakulla County on Tuesday, November 9, 2021.

Revell, now 86, worked for years in state government and developed a real estate development in Crawfordville a few years ago. He said his hope was for the land to pass into the hands of the people for the benefit of it.

“If you sell something, go. But it will always be left alone and these antlers are precious to a lot of people, “he said.” It will stay that way forever, and that is very important. “

Three miles of sandy trails wind through the woods. The property, adjacent to the Shadeville Highway, will be maintained through a joint agreement with County Wakulla.

The E. Guy Revell Jr. Nature Trail Conservation Area opened in Wakulla County on Tuesday, November 9, 2021.

Acquired by the Water Management District with $ 944,000 in state funding dedicated to source protection, the hardwood forests are dotted with half a dozen sinkholes and tannin streams that connect to the Wakulla Springs Basin.

This is a key link in the continued focus on protecting the world’s largest first-magnitude spring, said Anna Upton, member of the water management board.

But it’s also a testament to Revell and his family.

“Ensuring the long-term preservation of this property is a tremendous achievement for the State of Florida,” said Upton.

“The creation of this recreation site for the public also testifies to the values ​​of Mr. Revell, who has decided to prioritize conservation over development. ”

If you are going to

  • The E. Guy Revell Jr. Nature Trail Conservation Area is located at 198 Maplewood Avenue in Crawfordville and will be open daily from 8 a.m. to sunset. There is no charge.

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