The governor and state of Florida agreed to buy environmentally sensitive lands in the Corkscrew Regional Ecosystem on the boundary of Lee and Collier counties. Florida will pay $9.67 million dollars to acquire 620 acres near the Bird Rookery Swamp and Corkscrew Swamp Sanctuary. CREW already contains 67,000 acres within its’ boundaries and this acquisition will help to preserve wetlands for water recharge of aquifers and nesting sites for wildlife. The state also agreed to buy 669 acres for $32 million dollars in the Charlotte Harbor Flatwoods project. The picture in this post is of a group of members in the Florida Master Naturalist Program taking a nature walk through CREW.