THE GREEN SWAMP
The liquid heart of Florida
The Green Swamp with its 560,000 acres of land is the second largest aquifer recharge in Florida. Sitting on a plateau above the surrounding land allows the rain water to drains across the surface forming the headwaters of four major rivers: the Withlacoochee, the Ocklawaha, the Peace and the Hillsborough.
The swamp is made of several ecosystems including cypress swamps, river swamp, pine flatwoods, oak hammocks and sandhills. These ecosystems attract a variety of wildlife with more than 330 species of animals described including some of the most endangered and threatened species like the Florida black bear and Florida panther.
Protecting the Green Swamp is essential to ensure the quality and quantity of water for Central Florida and maintain a functional wildlife corridor.