Branan Field Wildlife & Environmental Area
Gopher tortoise mitigation area
Leaders: Nathan Lambert
Start Time at Site: 10:00 AM
End Time at Site: 1:00 PM
Lunch Included? No
Handicap Access: No
The Branan Field Wildlife and Environmental Area, formally know as the Branan Field Mitigation Park, was established in the 1980's as part of the Mitigation Park Program of Northeast Florida to offset the impact of development on the gopher tortoise and other species. The 386-acre mature, regenerating pine forest preserve has been restored and is maintained by the Florida Fish and Wildlife Conservation Commission (FWC).
You will be led on a three-mile hike by a FWC team member and a biologist where you will certainly see gopher totoises and may see other wildlife species, such as the Sherman's fox squirrel, living in a peaceful and secure environment. The site is also home to wildflowers and a variety of other native plants.