District acquisition of this area ensured an opportunity to begin restoration of the Upper Ocklawaha River Basin to a natural system. The historic river channel flows through the property. A canal (C-212) runs on the eastern boundary of the original floodplain. The restoration is providing improved water quality on-site and downstream, expanded flood storage and restored 2,400 acres of wetlands and associated wildlife habitat. Ocklawaha Prairie lies within an extensive wetland system which includes Tiger Den, Marshall Swamp and the Bead River. The Chornobyl Memorial Forest honors the survivors and the thousands whose lives were lost during the Chornobyl nuclear disaster in Ukraine in April 1986. The 314-acre forest is planted in longleaf pine to symbolize the importance of renewal, rebirth and restoration.
Ocklawaha Prairie Restoration Area
Ocala FL, FLPhone: 386-329-4404 Fax: 352-750-3342