SFWMD Governing Board Continues Efforts to Preserve the Everglades Headwaters of Shingle Creek

WEST PALM BEACH, Fla. – The South Florida Water Management District (SFWMD) Governing Board today approved another land purchase to help preserve the Shingle Creek Management Area in Orange and Osceola counties, which serves as the headwaters for Florida’s Everglades.

“Preserving Shingle Creek is critical to preserving the Everglades and all of South Florida’s water resources,” said SFWMD Governing Board Chairman Chauncey Goss. “Every parcel of property we can secure with our partners for conservation is a step forward and a worthy investment in the future of our environment.”

The Governing Board approved purchasing 2.52 acres from two willing sellers in Shingle Creek. The District has been purchasing land around Shingle Creek for conservation since 1991 — originally, through the Save Our Rivers program and, subsequently, with mitigation funds — because of the creek’s unique hydrologic function and environmental value for the Everglades. SFWMD now owns nearly 2,500 acres for conservation within Shingle Creek. Another 1,100 acres is privately owned.

About Shingle Creek

Recognized as the headwaters of Florida’s Everglades, the Shingle Creek Management Area is the largest natural area in the Greater Orlando area. It is comprised primarily of hardwood swamps with some upland habitat and is home to 154 different wildlife species. The swamp plays a critical role in providing regional flood protection and ensuring water quality. This area also offers extensive public recreation opportunities for thousands of residents and visitors each year and includes activities such as kayaking, hiking, biking, fishing and wildlife viewing