Address / Location: 831 Logan Blvd., Naples. The preserve is located at the northwest corner of the intersection of Pine Ridge Road and Logan Blvd., about one mile east of I-75 at exit #107 (Pine Ridge Road-S.R. 896).
Manager Contact Information: Molly DuVall
Phone: (239) 252-2960
Preserve Size: 6.8 acres
Date Acquired: October 28, 2005
Cost of Acquisition: $711,983. Conservation Collier partnered with the County's Transportation Department, who purchased approximately 1.8 acres of the original 2 parcels for $118,017 as road right-of-way for future expansion of Pine Ridge Road and Logan Blvd.
Public Access Status: Open to the public from 8 a.m. to dusk daily. No public parking available.
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Public Access Facilities: This preserve is accessible to the walking and biking public from both Logan Blvd and Pine Ridge Road. There is no public parking available. A 620 ft. trail extends from Logan Blvd., where the preserve sign and bike rack are located, through the preserve to Pine Ridge Road. A picnic table and bench are located halfway through to provide walkers with resting spots within the preserve. There are no restroom or drinking water facilities at this preserve.
Plants and wildlife: Before this property and the lands around it were developed, they were part of a shallow seasonal slough, that carried surface water south and west during the rainy season and was dry the rest of the year. The vegetation community that existed at that time was cypress-pine-cabbage palm. When the surrounding lands were developed, they were filled and raised. As a result, this parcel accepted much of the area runoff and waters became ponded in the rainy season. This permanently changed the conditions for the vegetation community. Additionally, melaleuca and Brazilian pepper, two invasive exotics plant species invaded and crowded out much of the existing native plants. With the exotics now removed, native understory and groundcover plant species have begun to regrow from seeds that had laid dormant for many years in the top layers of soil. Ferns now carpet the ground where the melaleuca grew thickly and pine seedlings, once deprived of the light they needed to grow, have begun to spring up. While the site will not return to its pre-development conditions due to the permanently changed hydrology, many of the native plants are reappearing. Visitors can see a wide variety of native upland and wetland plants at this small urban preserve. Raccoons, armadillo and many species of urban birds are also commonly seen here.
Reason for Acquisition: This preserve was acquired primarily as urban green space. One important factor in selection of properties for the Conservation Collier Program is public input. While this parcel was originally zoned for single family, there had been efforts made to rezone it to commercial. The surrounding residential community strongly supported preserving it as green space and made that support known to the Conservation Collier Committee and Commissioners. Their support was a critical factor in the decision to purchase this preserve.
Preserve Management Goals: Extensive exotic removal on this preserve was funded by the Florida Department of Environmental Protection, Bureau of Invasive Plant Management. The University of Florida removed the melaleuca on a neighboring parcel protect the preserve from re-infestation using their TAME Melaleuca Project. The primary management goal on this preserve is to keep the exotics out and facilitate the native regrowth that began spontaneously after exotic removal. Another important goal is to keep this preserve clean and safe and to maintain the pathway and picnic area for use by residents. A trash receptacle and recycle bin have been placed there to assist residents in keeping it clean.