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Conservation Lands

 

Rolling Green Scrub, Rosemary Scrub, Seacrest Scrub

 

Rolling Green Scrubscrub jay
1901 N. Seacrest Boulevard

General Information
Acreage:  8

Park Hours: Not open to the public
This park is a conservation area within Ezell Hester Jr. Community Park

Rosemary Scrub
2901 N. Seacrest Boulevard
 
General Information
Acreage:  13.44
Park Hours:  Sunrise – Sunset
 
Amenities
Bike rack, kiosk, nature preserve, nature trail
 
Historical Information
In January 1995, Palm Beach County bought 5 acres of the natural area from Resolution Trust Corporation. In March 1995, the County purchased an additional 8 acres from Janmar Properties, Ltd. The State of Florida provided Preservation 2000 matching funds for these acquisitions through the Florida Communities Trust. This natural area is managed as part of a countywide system of natural areas protected to maintain the diversity of biological communities and species found in Palm Beach County. Rosemary Scrub is open to the public for environmental education, scientific research, and passive recreational activities such as bird watching, nature walks, and photography.
 
Rosemary Scrub is one of the few remaining examples of the Florida Scrub ecosystem left in Palm Beach County. The site contains sand pine scrub, scrubby pine flatwoods and mesic hammock communities. Less than 2% of the historic scrub ecosystem still exists in the County, making preservation of this endangered natural community extremely important. Rosemary Scrub does not contain many animals because of its small size and urban location. The site does protect a small population of gopher tortoises, and serves as a sanctuary for migratory birds. It will be managed to create favorable conditions for the return of listed species such as the Florida scrub jay. Other animals present on the site include the green anole and six-lined racerunner.
 
Various rare plants recorded on the site include the endangered Curtiss' milkweed, large-flowered rosemary, nodding pinweed and erect prickly pear. Other plants found on the site include the giant air plant, coast plain staggerbush, deer moss, netted pawpaw and several species of native bromeliads.
 
For information about the scrub, please call (561) 963-6737. (information courtesy of Palm Beach County)


gopher turtleSeacrest Scrub
3400 S. Seacrest Boulevard (back to top)
 
General Information
Acreage:  49.5
Park Hours:  Sunrise – Sunset
 
Amenities
bike rack, kiosk, nature preserve, nature trail
 
Historical Information
The site was purchased in 1994 with funding from Palm Beach County and the City of Boynton. State Preservation 2000 matching funds were provided by the Florida Communities Trust. The property is maintained jointly with Palm Beach County and the Recreation and Parks Department. 
 
The natural area is managed as part of a countywide system of natural areas, protected to maintain the diversity of biological communities and species in Palm Beach County. The natural area is open to the public for environmental education, scientific research, and passive recreation activities such as photography, bird watching, and nature walks.
 
Many of the species of plants recorded for this natural area are endemic to the Florida scrub ecosystem. Endangered or threatened plant species on the site include large-flowered rosemary, nodding pinweed, pine pinweed, Curtiss' milkweed, twisted and banded air plant and giant wild pine. The site also contains other unusual plant species including scrub palmetto, sand spike moss and silk grass. Many species of animals inhabit the Seacrest Natural area scrub including the gopher tortoise, a species of special concern in Florida. Other species known to reside on the site include painted lady butterfly, golden silk spider, prairie warbler, great horned owl, red-bellied woodpecker, ring neck snake and common gray fox.
 
The scrub contains Florida scrub and scrubby pine flatwoods communities and is one of the largest remaining scrub sites in southern Palm Beach County. Florida scrub occurs on sandy ridges along ancient shorelines, and exists on well-drained sandy coastal ridge soils. They act as recharge areas for underground drinking water aquifers and may limit saltwater intrusion into these aquifers. Scrub is a dry ecosystem regulated by fire and composed primarily of sand pines, saw palmettos, dwarf oaks, lichens and barren patches of sand. Many of these plants have developed water-conserving strategies such as thick, wax-coated leaves to survive in the harsh conditions of this environment. Except for a few small areas in neighboring states, Florida scrub is a plant community unique to Florida. It is an important part of Palm Beach County's natural heritage.

For information about the scrub, please call (561) 963-6737. (information courtesy of Palm Beach County)

 

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