Wilderness Preserve, Florida
Wilderness Preserve Florida
Located south of Orlando is Florida's Nature
Conservancy's Disney Wilderness Preserve,
protects the headwaters of
the Everglades. The preserve is a
12,000-acre model of ecological restoration.
It is one of the largest projects of its
kind in the United States.
preserve protects rare wildlife including
bald eagles, sandhill cranes, scrub-jays and
gopher tortoises. People who want to know
more about the wilderness preserve, are
encouraged to go on a hiking trail which
starts at the Conservation Learning Center.
The trail includes a visit to Lake Russell,
one of central Florida's undeveloped lakes,
which makes up the preserve's border. The
to a 2.5 mile loop around
the project where hikers are given the
opportunity to interact with the preserve's
resident plants and animals, and to witness
the ongoing land restoration.
The Nature Conservancy staff continuously
work on restoring the area to its original
The work involves controlled
burning and brush clearing to stimulate
plant growth in the area.
Including the Disney Wilderness Preserve,
Nature Conservancy protects more than 1.2
of land in Florida.
Worldwide, the conservancy has under its
care more than 5,000 miles of river, over
119 million acres of land and at least a
hundred marine conservation projects.