Commissioner Adam H. Putnam

Florida Agriculture: 500 Years in the Making

Commissioner's Agricultural Environmental Leadership Award

2010 Winner

Saturiwa Conservation Area
Elkton, Florida

Located on the St. Johns River in southwest St. Johns County, the Saturiwa Conservation Area has been cited as one of the finest examples of sustainable multiple-use forest management in Florida.  It is a stunning combination of a planted slash pine, natural pine flatwoods, cypress dome wetlands, a hardwood riverine swamp, and a half mile of pristine shoreline.

Mike Adams, owner of Adamscience, an environmental resource management company, maintains and conserves wildlife habitat, water and forestland on the 94-acre family homestead while also managing the property’s planted pine stand.  Mike employs prescribed burning and selective harvesting toward his  goal of restoring the property back to a longleaf pine ecosystem not seen in this part of Florida for over a half century.  He often conducts tours of Saturiwa, sharing his knowledge of its history and diverse ecosystems with various groups including new forest landowners and school children. -- 2010


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