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Saturday, July 12, 2008

Florida conservationist braves gators to explore the St. Johns River

Published July 8, 2008
...starting south of Blue Cypress Lake and ending at the Atlantic Ocean near Jacksonville more than 300 miles away. Thatcher made the journey between February and April, in an adventure that included a close encounter with alligators, near misses with airboats and stampeding cattle, getting lost and making friends with a host of river dwellers

...Thatcher could be the first person to kayak the entire river, experts said.

All this, she says, is in the name of exposing people to the river, one of 14 designated as American Heritage Rivers by the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency. The river was the first in North America to be settled by Europeans and is one of a few in the nation that flow north.

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