This 53,500-acre state forest was purchased in 1992 under Florida’s Conservation and Recreation Lands program. The forest is dominated by longleaf pine stands and swamps along the Gulf of Mexico. The forested area serves as critical habitat for wildlife such as the red-cockaded woodpecker, Florida black bear, white-tailed deer, gopher tortoise, and bald eagle. It is also a popular recreation site for hiking, biking, fishing, and horseback riding.
Goethe State Forest Needs Our Help
To ensure that the state forest remains healthy, longleaf pine restoration is critical. This work will not only improve ground cover but also help to maintain the areas that are part of the aquifer recharge zone and improve water quality flowing in creeks — ultimately decreasing the amount of pollutants flowing into the Gulf of Mexico. This restoration will also increase the wildlife population in central Florida.