St. Sebastian River Greenway / South Prong Preserve
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St. Sebastian River Greenway Map
A Hidden Gem
As the Indian River Lagoon's only natural tributary in Indian River County, the St. Sebastian River is important to everyone who lives here. It is a biologically diverse and vulnerable stream that harbors threatened wildlife. It also provides critical spawning grounds for local game fish. In addition, the river is critical to maintaining our aquifers for drinking water and for irrigation of our homes and recreation areas.
The Indian River Land Trust is working to protect land along the St. Sebastian River, which is home to centuries-old cypress forests, historic sites and fragrant citrus groves. In 2006, the Land Trust partnered with several other non-profit organizations to create the St. Sebastian River Greenway Plan. The goal of the St. Sebastian River Greenway is to protect the undeveloped lands along this critically important river and provide public access to them forever.
South Prong Preserve
IRLT has developed a formal interpretive plan for the South Prong Preserve, part of the larger St. Sebastian River Greenway project located in the northern section of Indian River County. The 40-acre South Prong Preserve, owned by the county, is significant because of its unique biological resources and rich cultural heritage. The properties included in the plan incorporate a variety of habitats bisected by the South Prong of the St. Sebastian River. The area contains an important cypress swamp that is highly vulnerable to impacts from development and the effects of urban runoff.