The Pasco County Environmental Lands Acquisition and Management Program currently oversees approximately 4,200 acres of preservation and conservation areas as well as monitors several conservation easements.
Aripeka Sandhills Preserve
This 210-acre Preserve was acquired as part of the 7,136-acre Weekie Wachee Preserve managed by the Southwest Florida Water Management District. This site is owned both by Pasco County and the Southwest Florida Water Management District.
Boy Scout Preserve
This 18-acre Preserve is adjacent to the Robert Crown Wilderness Area. This site is located within one of the Coastal Ecological Planning Units and provides potential nesting habitat for the bald eagle and provides foraging habitat for several other listed species. The Preserve has a small natural surface trail, a parking area and geocaching.
Pasco Palms Preserve
This 116-acre Preserve is adjacent to Eagle Point Park. A grant from the Florida Communities Trust was awarded for the acquisition of this property for 50% of the acquisition cost. This site is located within one of the Coastal Ecological Planning Units identified in the Assessment of Measures to Protect Wildlife Habitat in Pasco County. The Preserve currently has several geocaches.
Upper Pithlachascotee River Preserve
This 129-acre Preserve was the first to be acquired and protected by the program. It is located within a designated wildlife corridor and it is dominated by 69 acres of bottomland forest associated with the Pithlachascotee River and a small tributary - Ryals Branch - that crosses the site. A grant from the Florida Communities Trust was awarded for the acquisition of this property for 50% of the acquisition cost. The Preserve has 3 miles of natural surface trails, a picnic shelter, geocaching, drinking water, a parking lot and a playground.
Conservation Areas are properties that also protect natural resources but do not support established public uses. They generally do not have a public use component, and have limited access or amenities. If you would like to visit one of our Conservation Areas please contact Matthew Huntsinger via email, Land Manager to schedule a visit.