Loxa-Lucie Headwaters Conservation Initiative
The Loxa-Lucie Headwaters Initiative envisions a protected ecological corridor that will connect the sources of the Loxahatchee River and St. Lucie River and form a preserve for plant and wildlife, connecting a land mass of nearly 70,000 acres. Why is it so important to preserve the Loxa-Lucie Headwaters now? The idea is to permanently restore historical waterflows and protect existing natural lands in an ecological corridor for native endangered plants and wildlife between two state parks.
The Loxa-Lucie Headwaters Initiative is a multi-year project that is beginning with the Phase 1 acquisition. Phase 1 is 138-acres in size and has been for sale for a number of years. By acquiring this land, one goal is to restore the hydrology of the area. Martin County would then be interested in doing hydrological restoration; raising the water table on the property which would help them address regional flooding in Hobe Sound and controlling the water flow into the St. Lucie River, which would help with water quality.
The Initiative is sponsored by The Guardians of Martin County and the Treasured Lands Foundation who are working with The Conservation Fund. We are actively in fundraising mode.