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Natural, Scenic, and Cultural Reservations

Genius Preserve

Natural, Scenic, and Cultural Reservations

Scenic or cultural reservations celebrate a historical aesthetic quality while natural reservations tend to be preserves or natural habitats undergoing restoration.  Small preserves, botanical gardens established before World War II, and ecological restoration sites in urban areas exemplify this category. They range in size from 2 to 50 acres and ideally contain enough quality habitat and canopy cover to provide nesting for large bird species and serve as stepping stones for migrating species. 

Examples: Palm Island Park (Mt. Dora) Lake Baldwin Park (Orlando).  

Lake Baldwin Park scenic reservation

Palm Island scenic reservation