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Saturday, March 22, 2008

Park Offers Salt Springs Tour

Published: March 21, 2008
Saturday was Springs Awareness day at the Werner-Boyce Salt Springs State Park.

Setting up displays and passing out information will be park staff and representatives from the Southwest Florida Water Management District, Florida Department of Environmental Protection, Pasco County School District, Pasco County Recycling and the Salt Springs Alliance.

The park protects four miles of coastline and is home to a 320-foot-deep salt spring and to wildlife including gray foxes, gopher tortoises, West Indian manatees, raptors and migratory songbirds. Most of its 600 dry acres haven't been developed.

The history of the salt springs can be traced back to the early 1800s when the Seminole Indians occupied the land. The trails they created were later converted to military roads used to travel between forts and to establish new settlements.

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