A section of the land around Horse Creek may be in line to receive some permanent protection.
The Southwest Florida Water Management District’s Governing Board is scheduled on July 26 to discuss pursuing conservation easements at the Carlton Horse Creek Ranch.
According to the agenda backup, an initial conservation easement covering 4,357 acres is being secured and work may proceed on work to negotiate the purchase a conservation easement on an additional 11,958 acres.
Conservation easements typically protect land from significantly more intense development, allow the current landowners to pursue traditional agricultural, management and recreational activities and keep the land in private ownership, which relieves the agency or organization that purchases the conservation easement of the expense of management costs.
Horse Creek is a 25.2-mile stream that flows through portions of Hardee and DeSoto county before joining the Peace River south of Arcadia.
The protection of Horse Creek has been an important issue for area residents in connection with Mosaic’s plans to mine that section of DeSoto County.
Mining approval is currently on hold, pending the result of a series of public meetings being held by the DeSoto County Commission to gather more information on the effects of mining and relating activities involved in processing the mined material before it is transported to fertilizer plants in Polk County and in the subsequent reclamation of mined land as required by state law.
The next work session on this issue, which involve the impact on wildlife, is scheduled for July 27 in Arcadia.