Stories of treasures near Money Bayou true

Buffer Preserve

Park services specialist Barry Townsend, High School High Tech Intern Carl Sheline and preserve manager Dylan Shoemaker invite everyone to enjoy the sights of the St. Joseph Bay Buffer Preserve.

Special to The Star
Published: Thursday, July 10, 2014 at 11:44 AM.

By Dylan Shoemaker, Preserve Manager

Treasure is a word that has long been associated with St. Joseph Bay State Buffer Preserve.

In a previous life the lodge was named Treasure Bay Lodge.

Treasure Bay Lodge and Hunting Preserve provided a place for overnight stays and hunting opportunities. In 1995 the Florida Board of Trustees purchased the property and that same year it became known as the Buffer Preserve.

Now, it is truly a treasure for everyone to enjoy.

The primary function of the Preserve is to protect St. Joseph Bay.

While owned by the Florida Board of Trustees, the Preserve is under the management of Florida Department of Environmental, Florida Coastal Office and managed by the Apalachicola National Estuarine Research Reserve.

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