North Florida Land Trust has recently acquired all of the CSX railroad corporation’s interest in a 640 acre lot (a square mile) on Big Talbot Island. The property is a legacy parcel acquired by CSX in the mid 19th century under a railroad grant from the Florida legislature. By purchasing it, the land trust will be preserving significant salt marsh communities adjacent to Big Talbot Island and opening up several man made spoil islands, which disrupt the marsh ecosystem, to restoration and better management.
This acquisition joins the past acquisitions of some 426 acres from Catherine Buck Whatley (May and December of 2012), 3 acres from Warren Anderson (January of 2012), 3 acres from Dr. Clifford and Pamela Arn (October 2014), and 1.5 acres from Millidon Harrington (March 2015) to create 1,080 acres of land trust preserved lands on the island. After the acquisition of CSX, and including Big Talbot Island State Park, more than 99% of the island is now preserved forever.