Kissimmee Prairie Survey And Environmental Evalution - 1981-04-06


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• • • • KISSirlilEE PRAIRIE Locatiun: Okc.:echobee County. Florida (see map) Township: 33 South Owner: Range: 33 East Sections: 24, 25,@?:J,s; --------Township: 33 South Range: 34 East Sections: 19, 20, 29, 30, 31, 32 Riteco Development Corp. 1434 Alfred DuPont Building Miami, Florida 33131 . , . -(partnership: .Pete Fite; broher-in.:.law; father-in-law) Pete Fite Vero Beach, Florida Office: 305/567-1160 Horne: 305/231-1632 Purchased: June 7, 1972 26,880 acres (42 sections)@ $5,175,4.J,_i or $193/acre or $123,224/section Owner has 30 year, $.4, 000, 000 loan with Federal Lant! Bank, secured June 1, 1973. Property taxes: 75 -$1.00/acre. Area Description: (Audubon property would be tax exempt ih Florida.) The Kissimmee Prairie is probably best knovm of what was once a vast gr~ssland complex centered in the St. J~hns, Kiisimmee, and Caloosahatchee River Valleys. This natural co1nmu1lity is unique to Fl~rida, is endangered, acd little if any of the prairie property is available for public use. The Harris Ranch contains the finest representative piece of Kissihunee Prairie available. It is also the only piece of property left that offers good sanctuary potential. For the most ,. '?: ... . _; .....

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• • 2 • part, the rest of the Kissimmee Prairie has been "improved" for cattle ranching and home development. The Harris prairie area consists of natural wet prairie, undisturbed live oaks and cabbage palm hammocks, marshland, ponds, and open, flat prairie. Prairie wildlife is diverse, a reflection of the diversity and quality of the habi~at itself. Several endangered and ~ . threatened species nest on the Harris tract including the Florida Sandhill Crane and Audubon's Caracara. Large numbers of ' . Louisiana Herons, Little Blue and Little Green.Herons, Anhingas, Red Shouldered Hawks, Snowy and American.Egrets and Black Vultures n~st on the area. Other nesti~i species include Turkey Vultures, Great Blue Herons, White Ibis, Mottled Ducks, Wild Turkey, and Bobwhite Quail. In addition, Comorants, Wood Storks (Wood Ibis), American Bittern, Ground Dove, Mourning Dove, Snipe, • Marsh Hawks, Limpkins, and many other species of birds were observed on the area by the author. Deer, Alligators, and Wild Pigs were seen as well. As natural prairie vegetation is replac~d by improved pasture, the importance of undisturbed areas such as this one grows, along with wildlife use. • Accessibility: To within 3 miles of property, direct access is available by existing county road from east through sections 33, 32, 31, and 36. Owner willing to provide continued easement through sections 35, 34, and 33 to proposed sanctuary. Road building costs for road for passenger cars $1,OOO/mile, or $3,000 total (see map) .

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General Commenl.• • The Nationa l Audubon Society has had acquisition of Kissim-• mee Prairie property under consideration since at least 1970. • • While little remained of the once vast acreage of the original Kissimmee Prairie, the finest remaining acreage was identified by Audubon as lying within two large, adjoinin8 ranches -the Harris Ranch ( 26,830 acres 42 sections) and Griffith Ranch (50,000 acres -78 sections). Despite Audubon's interest, the key land's availability, and bargain (by today's standards) prices of $200 per acre Audubon did not have the money and bothranches were sold in the 1971-72 period. A Canadian firm purchased the Griffith Ranch in 1971. This property has since. been substantially altered primarily _for home -development and to a lesser extent for improved pasture . The Harris Ranch has been and remains of greatest interest to Audubon since it contains the single, finest remaining example of Kissinwee Prairie. The former owner, Robert L . Harris, was interested in seeing t~e prairie preserved under the auspices of an Audubon sanctuary, but despite a price of $200 per acre and liberal terms; Audubon lacked acquisition funds and the Harris Ranch sold in 1972 to Riteco Development_ Co. Riteco, a Miami based ranching and development concern, paid $5,175,000 or $193/acre. Between 1972 and 1979, Riteco converted additional parts of the ranch to improved pasture and ha~ maintained an active cattle operation. The finest prairie sections of the ranch, . • ... ;,-).pf J O,. :::,rsu,

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• 4 • however, remain unaltered and intact to this day. Audubon re-• newed preservation efforts and approached the current owners of the Harris Ranch in 1976 concerning acquisition of key prairie property within the ranch. Rancher and Riteco co-owner, Pete Fite, expressed a willingness to sell the property to Audubon in September, 1969 for $625/acre. • • In April, 1979 I visited the Okeechobee area to review the current land situation with regards to the prairie part of the Harris Ranch. Audubon Warden Rod Chandler and two of his rela-tives, all long time residents of the Okeechobee area, could not have been more hospitable. We thoroughly surveyed the Kissimmee property by jeep and on foot, gathered pertinent data, maps, examined property records, and looked over land use patterns in the immediate area. Rod Chandler and I met with Harris Ranch coowner Pete Fite at the ranch and again at his office in Vero Beach. Mr. Fite advised us that Ri~eco Corporation is comprised of himself, his father-in-law, and a brother-in-law. He further stated that the Harris Ranch is being offered for sale. Riteco would like to retain ownership of a minimum of 10,000 of the ranch's 26,880 acres. Two s~ctions (1280 acres) have been sold to an adjacent ranch with parts of_ the sections already subdivided for home deyelopment. An additional nine sections (5760 acres) have been sold to a Mr. Alton Adams of Ft. Pierce, Florida. We learned from a contact that Mr. Adams paid $2,736,000 ($475/ acre). It was also learned that Riteco Corp. advertised 16,000 acres in a Florida Cattleman A~sociation publication in 1978 for $450/acre .

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• 5 • • In the ten year period, 1970-1979, we have seen land prices for the key parcels of Kissimmee Prairie escalate from $200/acre to $6-25/acre. Due to a combination of factors, we now find ourselves in a position to purchase at a "reduced" price estimated to be $375 -$45O/acre. This situation is very unlikely to be repeated. Not only will land prices c o tinu~ to rise, but the prairie will be destroyed in very, very short order. Residential developments have now come close to the Harris Ranch. subdivided property now lies to the immediate south and east of the ranch. For example, one realtor is advertising a riearby area and selling 5 and 10 acre,homesites for $3,000/acre with 20% down payment and 3 year financing at 8%; 5 year financing at 9%. With this situation widespread and growing in the immediate vicinity of the Harris Ranch, we can expect the current • price and availability of Kissimmee Prairie property to quickly di~appear. • In view of the current "for sale" status of the Harris Ranch and real estate activity in the area, l believe the Society has little more than 90 days to contact Riteco Corporation and make some arrangements for a purchase. Federal or State Interest in Acquisition: I spoke with both officials of the U. S. Fish and Wildlife Service and the Florida Department of Natural Resources to determine if either the state or federal government h&d identified Kissimmee Prairie property as an acquisition priority. The USFWS' s ascertainment officer provided me with a draft copy of their list of priority areas in Florida. Of the 25 listed, none included Kissimmee Prairie property.

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• • • • 6 • The State of Florida established an Environmentally Endangered Land (E.E.L.) program several years ago. Approximately $200 million was earmarked for E.E.L. and another $40 million for recreation land. Approximately $180 million of the E.E.L. funds has been spent and the program seems stalled indefiniLely amid charges of rnaj or scanclal (Hi~!_ Herald editorial -April 11, 1979, attached). In view of the state's program problents an
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• • 7 • Recomme11dations: The following action is recommended: 1. No less than 9 sections be purchased. A smalle r area would be too vulnerable to adjacent land abuse (i.e. drainage, etc.) an
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• • • • 8 • Esimated Cost: Based on recent sales information at the Harris Ranch, the property should cost in the neighborhood of $400 -$450/ acre. This is less than the cost ($475/acre) of the 9 sections sold to Mr. Alton Ad~ms recently, but the Adams property was basically dry pasture land as opposed to wet prairie land. Audubon could offer $325/acre and go frdm there. Acquisition A~: $350/acre x 9 sections= $2,016,000 At: $400/acre x 9 sections= $2,304,000 At: $450/acre x 9 sections= $2,592,000 Access Road At: $1,000/mile x 3 miles= $3,000 Income: Controlled cattle grazing would prod~ce a minimum of $1. 00/ acre/year. (5760 acres). Admission fees: unknown (see transportation figures). Trari~portation/Visitation: The sanctuary would be easily accessible to travelers of the Florida Turnpike via U.S. Highway 441 which passes the proposed sanctuary running north and south. Yeehaw Junction is a major entry/exit point for the Florida Turnpike and junction of U.S. 441. Tqis junction lies approximately 15 miles from the property. Traffic Levels Florida Turnpike -1978 Northbound Ft. Pierce to Yeehaw Junction: 2,364,395 (all vehicles)

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• • • 9 ' • . Southbound Yee . w to Canoe Creek Service Area: 2,214, 471 Annual 1977 1978 Yeehaw Entry 639,752 688,062 (all vehicles) Yeehaw Exit 658,231 713,464 Monthly Average (i978) Range Entry L~7,500 to 76,000 Exit 50,100 to 79,500 Submitted by: W. Carlyle Blakeney, Jr. Southeast Regional Office

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• • ENVIRONMENTAL EVALUA TI OM OF A PROPOSED AUDUBON SOCIETY L/\NIJ PlmCH/\S[ -KISSIMMEE PRAIRIE, FLORIDA P rep a re d by ; June 7, 1979 Jim ~:illeson Bob Goodrick . South Florida Hater Management District

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• • Introduction On May 31, 19 ;9 Wa H. Di ni~en, Ji 111 Mi 11 eson, and Bob Goodrick, of the South Florida Wc1tcr Manage111e11t District, at the request. of Nat R eed, met v 1ith Rod Chandler, Audubon Society Warden, to inspect ant : evaluat(' a pdrcel of land being c o n sid0n ~ d for purchase by the Audubon Society and the Nature Conservancy. n,.:caw ; ~ thir; i 1 ' )pectior \ ~ ,as limited to the! few arc..r1r visible fro m the Qne dirt , o a d c1.lono 1:lie nort:hPrn boundary of th e property , J im Milleson and Cob Goodrick completed a more thorouyh inspection of this property by helicopter on June 4, 1979. Location and Description This 9 square mile (approximately 5760 acres) section of land is located in northern Okeechobee County, 3 miles south of the Osceola County line (Figure l). The Kissinrnee River (C-38) lies about 10-11 miles to the west and U. S. 441 is about 6 miles to the east. The tract of land, a portion of the 42 square mile Harris Ranch, includes sections 24, 25, and 36 (T33S, R33E) and sections 19, 20, 29, 30, 31, and 32 (T33S, R34E). _Elevations throughout the entire 9 sections vary little more than about 3 feet, from abo _ut 67 to 70 feet msl. The property is in the drainage area of the Kissimmee River. Dead Pine Island Marsh in the northwest corner, drains through Seven Mile Slough and Gum Slough into C-38 , about 8 miles north of S-65B. Shin Hammock Marsh, in the southeast rorner, drains into Peat Marsh (now an improved cattle operation), Fish Slough, Cypress Slough and Chandler Slough into C-38, about 3 miles north of S-65D. In general, surface drainage from the site is relatively slot1, and many of the wet prairies and ponds are-isolated so that surface w.ater is retained on site, and either ev~potranspirates or percolates through the soils.

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• • This 9 squa 1 e 111ile 11or (ion of th e Harri s Ranch i s p 1 edominant l y composed r , f n a t u ( a l r' i s s i n 1n 11-' • l p r , 1 i r i e : Lrn t co II n I nm H i e s , d n d n' p , , r s e n t s a s n u t h r 1 o r i cl a PC0 type which i s r , qiid . l y bc!inri displace d by uqricultura 1 interes1s . improve d r11sture a nd cla i r y opcrc1t-ions. Rece n t acdc1 l rl1o l :0~1raph y o f t h e sit_ e was o b t a ined (111 = ~00 ' ) and ,Jistinct i-,l a 1 1 t co,.:1111t1 1Hies v;en~ delinc'ilt ed. By h elicopt:f, t overfli~1l1t s d11d ~,round reccrnn a i ss ,u1cr:., i h e pli i11t connnw,ities iden t ' f i e d, and lc1beled. Changes si~ce the area was photographed were noted and species composition were also checked in the field. The areal extent of each plant community was. cqlculated with a 11.P. 9Ll64 digitizer, and rounded to the nearest acre. 1\11 sections were assumed to have 640 acres. Plant Community Description The Harris Ranch property contains five basic vegetation types. Three of these plant communities are habitats and the other two are terrestrial. The wetland communities are natural wet prairies, modified wet prairies and fresh\'Jater marsh. The upland plant communities are lo\'J palmetto prairies and tree hammocks. Table l shows the distribution of plant conununities by section in this tract pf land. Approximately 1325 acres of this tract are natural wet prairies. The dominant plant species of this conm1unity are sand cypre . ss (Hypericum fasiculatum), globe-rush (Rhynchospora tracyi), maidencane (Panicum hcmitompn), bcakrush (Rhynchospora inundata) and yellow eyed grasses (Xyris s pp.). Many other species of wetland plants also occur in these divers~ wet prairies. Modified wet prairie habitat covers about 1250 acres of the site. These are areas that were farmed years ago. These old agricultural lands are now reflooded and they have been rei nvaded by wet prairie vegetation. The major differ ence between thes e old fan1 1ands and the undisturbed wet prairies\ is the species composition of the vegetation. Torpedo grass (Panicum repens) -2-

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TABLE 1 : Area of Major Plant Cormnun it i es on Proposed Audubon Sanct J a r y ( .::,c ;~es ; . N O R T H C E N T R A L s O U T H Section # 24 19 20 25 30 29 36 31 32 Tot al A c r es 0 / 1 0 Natu ra 1 \~ e t P r a i r i es 163 15 54 192 239 122 143 229 -166 i 1323 23 I Fres h water Mar shes 126 137 15 .58 20 6 8 32 123 525 0 J iiod i f i ed ~•let Prairies 231 371 200 78 0 220 0 0 146 1 2 4 6 2 2 • Low Palm e t to Pr airies 63 97 319 291 368 262 4 8 7 292 9 2 2271 39 .. . T ree Harr.m ocks 57 20 52 21 13 3 0 2 87 113 3 95 7 •

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V I • • is the dominant p l a nl. /\s~;ocic1ted s pecies include 1date r hyssop (B,a copa _c~9ro 1 i ni ana), pi ck err~ !weed (f.9_ 1 _ 1_tede_r_ t ~ _ _ _l anci o 1 ata), anowhead (.?... ~ ~ J~t~j a _ _ li)ncifolia), v1ater p i : iir:ulll (~cli_-o ~J!.J_9j _ _ c <1rolini e n sis_) ~-!us mos t of the othr.r ~:;11ecies tha t o cc u r iti the natu ra l wet prai r i es. These 11,odi fied prairies h c1 v e h i gh en v i t o,, 111(.1 n tc1 l v , 1 l u (~ c; a n d p ro I/ i de e x c P. 11 e n t , . ., i l d l i f e h a b ii-a t. T h c q , n t r u c t i , n r J r d i 1 Ii r: ~', , n cl d i L c s a r o II i i • i t he a r e a s a n d tJ 1 a lt e t . ' r1 t i o n o f t h e lhese rnodified 1/Jetlands add consider,1ble habitat diversity to the overall Kiss i -1T11,1ee Prairie. Patches of emergent fresh\ •1atP.r marsh habitat are usually found in the deeper parts of the wet prairies, or as large sloughs in the northwest sertions of the property. These freshwater marshes include several plant associations. Some of the more v,ell def'.. if:(i associations are picl c --elweed-arrowhead; sawgrass (Cladiu111 jamaicense)-butt,. associations do1ninated by coastal plain willow (Salix caroliniana) or cattails (Typha sp. ). The property contains over 525 acres of freshwater marsh. Low palmetto prairies are the most abundant plant community of the Kissirrvnee Prairie. The dominant plant se _cies of this vegetation type is saw palmetto (Serona rcpens). Cabbage palms (Sabal palmetto) are scattered throughout these prairies. Other plant species that are common components ' . of this corrvnunity are . marsh pink (Sabatia spp.), hat pin (Eriocaulo_ n decangul~..!:._~) wire grass (/\ristida stricta) and yellow-eyed grasses. These palmetto prairies are subject to short term flooding during the wet season. More than 2270 acres of low palmetto prairies occur on the site. The most conspicious type of vegetation on site are the tree harrmocks. We estimate that the property contains around 400 acres of hammock habitat. The major plant associations of the tree hammocks are slash pine (Pinus elliottii) cabbage paln~, cabbage palm -wax myrtle (Myrica cerifera), and -3-

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• • cr,ecies cor11positi(1n nf' Uir trf><: hammocks is influenced t y ~Jround r l evat , n I 1rnmocv. App r o Y. i r 11 a t C ' l v 3 1 (JO ,1 ere c: • o r 5 4 .. { . n f th c Ha r r i s t i • c1 cl. \tJ as c l a :; ~ -i f i -=:i d a s . r H u a t i c o r v , e t Ln1 d h i 1 b i L
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• • 1 . • crmanant aquatic conrlitions to carry over those aquc1tic nrganism'. ; du1in9 th e vi'i'nter which win J~Jain reproduce durin~1 the ensuing wet seas ons . Pickcrelw eed-:.-,r1yittaria and cutt~lil areas can provide safe nesting sites for s0111e birds such clS Green Hero.ns, and Sandhi l'l Cranes, while vmody speci(~s, like b11ltonbush and \'lillows offer adclHiorwl t1f'stin~1 sitr,i: for passerine bird~, or evc11 potcnt'ial ll(~Sting site:; (r)r \>ladinq bird; . The modifi e d wet prairies repres 11t natural success-ion of aba1 1 doncJ agricultural ar~as in a wetland environment, and provide considerable shallow water a~d deep water habitatthat offers prime wading bird feeding habitat during selected times of the year. The ptedominant plant species in these areas is torpedo grass, a species that is well adapted to a _wide range of environmental conditions. Due to ground contours within these 1eveed areas, many other plant connnunities are represented, including hammocks~ \•.'r.t prairies, marshes and wax myrtle shrubs. The lm, palmetto pra'iries are lqcated at a slightly higher elevation • , than the wet prairies, and are generally considered in most _classification schemes as a terrestrial plant community. The understory and ground cover vegetation in these palmetto prairies consists of an array of species which are highly tolerant of flooded conditions, and these prairies are occassionally inundated for part of the year. During our observations of this property, it was estimated that 75% of the palmetto prairie land was covered with standing water, often 2 to 4 inches deep. i~hen this occurs, these prairies provide additional wetland habitat for production of forage organisms. As terrestrial communities, the paluetto prairies provide habitat for . a variety o f s rna 11 b i rd s , rode n ts , f e r a l hogs and deer . Cabbage palm dominated tree hanvnocks provide the greatest single amount of visual relief on site, contribute natural plant diversity, and provide a sheltered hahit,1t for 111irny hirrli:;, rrptilcs, and 111a111111,1ls . • -5-

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Sunmary il11d Reco11n11._f.i _ons • 1. The hine sqt1c11e nf'il,~ portion of the Harris r~anch h<~ i11g cons ick~ red 'for purcha~e as r111 / \ ul.1udo11. S<1n c t:uar y contains a considcrabl1~ a111o unl (4~i00 acres; 1mn of r1c1tura l K.issimmee Prairie hab'itat consisting or a v2riety of wet prairie r1nd m i -irsh v1etlands ; cabbaqe pal111s, 1dnc, turr 1 ai1rl oak hammocks r1nd lnv.1 pdl111ptf _ , , prairie' The r c m aininq 12~0 acre,. \ ere nnce farmed, a11cl hFIV' ~ t r~ve1tr.rl to nativ e mars h and wet P"Jirie pl : , ts. Thesl., a re a s p ro v i cl e a n Pr. o I o g i c. a ll y s i ~11' i f i cant ha b i t a t f n r a t tr a c t i 1 g and supporting wading birds. 2. Approximately 54% of the nine square mile site contains aquatic or \vetland plant communities and 46~~ consists of palmetto prairies and tree h .11111nocks. 3. Considerable diversity in plant species composition and form exists on site which provides hab:itat for a variety of wildlife, including wading birds, birds of prey, passerine birds, marrmals, amphibiar.1s, reptiles and fishes. 4. Much of the land in the Kissinmee Prairie area has been coverted to agricultural land uses (unimproved or improved pasture, da1ry fa rms) or land sales operations and homesites. Consequently, this type of Kissimmee Prairie habitat is rapidly vanishing. 5. We would support the society•s purchase of these 9 sections of land, and would further suggest that, if feasible, the Rdditional three sections of land to th~ east (Sects. 21, 28, 33 R34E, T33S) be considered for purchase. These additional sections also contain considerable natural Kissimnee prairie hr1bitrit, and would tend to buffc r thP. ori~1inal 9 sections from the effect~. of out:-;idP devf'lopment. -6-. ~,._..............., . . .................... , , "

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J SELLER: • MRS . ROSE K. SMITH (Winter address: (Summer address: • 15. MRS. ROSEK. SMITH -C (Possible addition to Kissimmee) 1807 N. SR 17, Sebring, Fla. 33870) P.O. Box 1583, Estes Park, Colo. 80517) LOCATION: Okeechobee County, Florida ACREAGE: 650 acres BACKGROUND: On 8/1/80 NAS acquired 6090 acres of Kissimmee Prairie--to be known as the Ordway-Whittell Prairie Preserve--through grants of $2.6 million from the Estate of Katharine Ordway and $1 million from the Whittell Trust. UPDATE: A strong possibility existed that funds would be made available to NAS to purchase three additional contiguous sections on the south end of the prairie. On 4/3/81 Frosty Anderson wrote that a 650-acre tract located south of the Ordway-Whittell Prairie Preserve (see attached map) is now for sale. The owner, Mrs. Rose K. Smith, (recently widowed) must sell this property by August 1, 1981, if she is to receive any tax benefits for this year. Our present assistant warden, Harvey Thomas, has leased this section for several years and has first refusal. The price to him would be $450,000 (in cash or installments); he would be glad to buy it and sell to us at his cost, but if we can get the same offer, he says we should purchase it directly. (However, it was Rod Chandler's feeling that NAS would be obliged to pay the full asking price of $500,000 if purchased _directly.) . . According to Frosty: "We often use this section as an unofficial access route to the Sanctuary. It has undisturbed prairie, two oak-palm hammocks, a sizable Indian mound and Comptie Slough, which has an established colony of wading birds in it. From the biological standpoint, this section is as valuable, or more so, than any of those 9 already in the Ordway-Whittell. "It lies just west of Sections 6, 5, 4, owned by Andy Griffith, which we also are interested in."

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• To: From : t Memorandum • RECEJ\IE NATIONAL AUDUBON SOCIETY fJ APR 6 SANCTUARY DEPT. West Cornwall Road, Sharon, Connecticut 06069 Gomer Jones Frosty Anderson D~e: April 3, 1981 Re: Kissimmee Prairie On August 1, 1981, Section 1, Range J2E , Twp J4S {see attached map) consisting of 650 Acres, will be for sale. Our present assistant warden, Harvey Thomas, has leased this section for several years. He has first refusal. Price to him: 450,000. He does not have the money; would be glad to buy it and sell to us at his cost. If we can get the same offer, he will be glad to see us buy it directly. The deal could be cash or installments.' / Descriptions i•ve inspected this section several times. W e often use it as an unofficial access route to the Sanctuary. llt has undisturbed prairie two oak-palm hammocks, a sizeable Indian moun (burial site?) and Comptie lough, which has an established colony of wading birds in it. From the biological standpoint, this section is as valuable, or moreso, than any of those 9 already in the Ordway-Whittell. It lies just west of Section 6 , 5 , and 4 , owned by Andy Griffith, which we also are interested~ encl: cc: Rod Chandler Dusty Dunstan JMA/na

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t t NATIONAL AUDUBON SOCIETY 15a. 'Y SANCTUARY DEPT. West Cornwall Road, Sharon, connecticut 06069 To: ,if~ ; From: 9 Date: .3_., F'/ Re: /~P~ 2'1 I 'f -i..o 0 RD h/1 y-,_ 2,.5 30 ,,_ Cf w~ /T f E LL 3'-3 I j 1-. S Af ~CTU, ~RY l=o.,-I ' s 'f Sa.J~ A '-4-'f 1-8/ (A n4y G r , ff i t h__ (D w >1 s l cc: Dus t y Dunstan


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