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Christine Johnson of the Conservation Foundation of the Gulf Coast thanks Friends of Keep Woods for its efforts in creating a new preserve.

Backers celebrate new Johnson Preserve in Manatee County

Saturday, Jun. 2, 2018 |

Christine Johnson of the Conservation Foundation of the Gulf Coast thanks Friends of Keep Woods for its efforts in creating a new preserve.

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The Conservation Foundation of the Gulf Coast hosted a celebration of the new preserve that included a walking tour.

Saturday, Jun. 2, 2018 |

The Conservation Foundation of the Gulf Coast hosted a celebration of the new preserve that included a walking tour.

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Manatee County Commissioner Vanessa Baugh talks about the effort that led to the preserve.

Saturday, Jun. 2, 2018 |

Manatee County Commissioner Vanessa Baugh talks about the effort that led to the preserve.

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George Tatge, a land manager with the Conservation Foundation of the Gulf Coast, explained some of the natural wonders to those taking the walking tour.

Saturday, Jun. 2, 2018 |

George Tatge, a land manager with the Conservation Foundation of the Gulf Coast, explained some of the natural wonders to those taking the walking tour.

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The porch of the home of the late Carl Bergstresser, who was a driving force behind Friends of Keep Woods, was used to address those who attended the celebration.

Saturday, Jun. 2, 2018 |

The porch of the home of the late Carl Bergstresser, who was a driving force behind Friends of Keep Woods, was used to address those who attended the celebration.

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The Floyd C. Johnson and Flo Singer Johnson Preserve at Braden River is 44.5 acres along the Braden River.

Saturday, Jun. 2, 2018 |

The Floyd C. Johnson and Flo Singer Johnson Preserve at Braden River is 44.5 acres along the Braden River.

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Bobcats, wild boar and deer are among the wildlife who call the preserve home.

Saturday, Jun. 2, 2018 |

Bobcats, wild boar and deer are among the wildlife who call the preserve home.

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Trails will be "improved," but not paved.

Saturday, Jun. 2, 2018 |

Trails will be "improved," but not paved.

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Braden Woods' Brenda Russell thanks everyone who had a hand in forming the new preserve.

Saturday, Jun. 2, 2018 |

Braden Woods' Brenda Russell thanks everyone who had a hand in forming the new preserve.

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About 80 people gathered for the celebration.

Saturday, Jun. 2, 2018 |

About 80 people gathered for the celebration.

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Those who visit will be able to stroll through the woods or walk along the river.

Saturday, Jun. 2, 2018 |

Those who visit will be able to stroll through the woods or walk along the river.

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The area was set to be developed with more than 30 homes.

Saturday, Jun. 2, 2018 |

The area was set to be developed with more than 30 homes.

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Some of the natural beauty during the walking tour.

Saturday, Jun. 2, 2018 |

Some of the natural beauty during the walking tour.

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The new preserve will be a bird watcher's paradise.

Saturday, Jun. 2, 2018 |

The new preserve will be a bird watcher's paradise.

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