STUART, Fla (January 22, 2021) - Martin County's Ecosystem Restoration and Management Division has begun gopher tortoise relocation and has placed exclusion fencing and closed signs at the entrance of Kiplinger Preserve.
The closure is necessary to preserve public safety as well as adhere to requirements established by the Florida Fish and Wildlife Conservation Commission (FWC) for Gopher tortoise exclusion and protection.
On January 27, Martin County began construction of an improved parking area, pavilion and a kayak/canoe launch. During construction, the Kiplinger Preserve parking and trail system will remain CLOSED.
As of August 26, 2021: Due to unexpected circumstances the work on this project has not been completed as expected. Staff continues to monitor the progress at Kiplinger and will provide updates when possible.
About Kiplinger Preserve
Kiplinger Preserve is a 157-acre natural area located at 4146 S Kanner Highway, just south of Veteran's Memorial Bridge in Stuart, Florida.
The balance of the tract is the northern two-thirds of a long narrow mangrove fringed island in the South Fork of the St. Lucie River. Together, the island and mainland parcels include almost three miles of riverfront.
The land once belonged to the Kiplinger Washington Editors, Inc. and the Kiplinger Foundation Inc. until Martin County acquired the land and created the preserve adding it to their other public lands.
The Kiplinger Nature Preserve contains a diverse mixture of high quality ecological communities including Freshwater and Mangrove Swamps, Wet Prairie and Estuarine/River.
Within three miles of downtown Stuart, the preserve contains healthy stands of Sand Pine/Scrub Oak, a vegetative community considered environmentally important by Martin County as well as Pine Flatwoods, and Scrubby Flatwoods.
A mixture of wildlife also call this area home including the Great Blue Heron, Snowy Egret, the Golden-Silk Spider, raccoons, alligators and other creatures native to south Florida.
Picturesque hiking trail with three footbridges
Floating dock for fishing opportunities or launching a kayak or canoe