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Pasco County Creates Another Corridor With 317-Acre Purchase

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PASCO COUNTY
The county’s Environmental Lands Acquisition and Management Program (ELAMP) announced it purchased 317 acres of protected land in the North Pasco (Starkey) to Crossbar Ecological Corridor.";

Pasco County has acquired 318 acres in the northern part of the county as part of its ongoing conservation efforts.

In a news release Wednesday, the county’s Environmental Lands Acquisition and Management Program (ELAMP) announced it purchased the land in the North Pasco (Starkey) to Crossbar Ecological Corridor.

“The Ecological Corridors serve as a perfect framework for conservation, and land acquisition is an important part of the comprehensive strategy to protect these unique linkages across the county and the region,” wildlife biologist and ecologist Jay Exum, who helped establish the ELAMP program, said during a recent tour.

Pasco County now owns more than 5,400 acres of protected acres, including 1,700 in that corridor.