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2 years ago

This world, as a glorious apartment of the boundless palace..., is furnished with an infinite variety of animated scenes, inexpressibly beautiful and pleasing, equally free to the inspection and enjoyment of all his creatures." William Bartram. Thank you Tom Tompkins for the use of these marvelous photos from Sweetwater Park, Paynes Prairie, Gainesville, Fl. ... See MoreSee Less

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2 years ago

Let's make sure it stays a nature preserve.. no hunting, logging, grazing here! ... See MoreSee Less

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2 years ago

They are not going to gag us. Word has it that there is a new management plan being prepared which includes cattle grazing. As of yet we have not seen it. Here's some text from the most recent DEP management plan (2013) for our park. Let's make sure that they adhere to their own stated goals.

" Archie Carr wrote of Paynes Prairie: There is no telling the things you see on the Prairie. The sun rises at one end and sets at the other. To a taste not too dependent upon towns, there is always something, if only a new set of shades in the grass and sky or a round-tail muskrat bouncing across the blacktop, or a string of teal running low with the clouds in the twilight in front of the winter wind. The Prairie is a solid thing to hold to in a world all broken out with man. There is peace out there, and quiet to hear the rails call, and the cranes bugling in the sky (Carr 1964:162)

Paynes Prairie Preserve State Park is a complex and diverse system of uplands and freshwater wetlands. The Paynes Prairie ecosystem supports a variety of plant and animal life and provides critical habitat for many species. Paynes Prairie has profound cultural significance as well. Humans have frequented it since prehistoric times. In the 1600s, the largest cattle ranch in Spanish Florida was based at the prairie. In 1774, William Bartram referred to the prairie as the Great Alachua Savanna and provided a glimpse of both the natural and cultural significance of the prairie at that time. Today, the prairie remains an important part of the local culture with many people sharing a great affinity for the vast plain.

The park has a Scope of Collections Statement that is based on four themes: cultural resources, geology and hydrology, ecology, and recreation. These themes should guide the development of any additional collections and the acceptance of future donations. The park should review its Scope of Collections on an annual basis.

Land use planning and park development decisions for the state park system are based on the dual responsibilities of the Florida Department of Environmental Protection (DEP), Division of Recreation and Parks (DRP). These responsibilities are
to preserve representative examples of original natural Florida and its cultural resources, and to provide outdoor recreation opportunities for Florida's citizens and visitors. " Thank you Dick Vautrinot for the use of this photo.
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2 years ago

Why we are fighting to save Paynes Prairie. Thank you VSI Aerial. ... See MoreSee Less

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