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The North Sebastian Conservation Area (NSCA) contains 407 acres of many different habitats. The conservation area is located west of US Highway 1, north of Main Street (in Sebastian) and south of Roseland Road. The conservation area is bounded on the western perimeter by Sebastian Airport and the Sebastian Golf Course. The area is primarily xeric oak scrub, a globally and locally endangered habitat (FNAI). Other habitats include: Sand and Pine Scrub, Sand Pine Forest, Scrubby Flatwoods, Mesic Pine Flatwoods, Wet Flatwoods (osprey nesting area), Freshwater Marsh, Upland Hardwood Forest, Wetland Forested Mix, Shrub, Brushland, freshwater Ponds and Lakes.

The primary purpose of the Northern Sebastian Conservation Area (NSCA) is the protection and enhancement of native scrub habitat. The sand pine scrub, scrubby flatwoods and xeric oak scrub communities, comprising approximately one third of the conservation area, are classified as rare or imperiled both globally and statewide by the Florida Natural Areas Inventories and the Florida Department of Environmental Protection.

The NSCA is the key mitigation tract of the Sebastian Area-Wide Florida Scrub-Jay Habitat Conservation Plan (Florida Scrub-Jay HCP). Again, as with the Sebastian Scrub Conservation Area, the first and foremost priority is the resource management component, which must be carried out and in accordance with the Florida Scrub-Jay HCP. In addition to resource management, limited facilities are planned for the property to provide public access for environmental education and passive recreation.

The NSCA public access facilities are planned for 2004 and should be open to the public by Winter 2005. Public facilities include parking off of Main Street, adjacent to the Sebastian City Hall Complex, boardwalks, fishing piers, over 5 miles of trails, restrooms, parking, horse trailer parking and educational signage throughout the Conservation Area.



Indian River County received a grant award from the Florida Department of Environmental Protection through the Land and Water Conservation Fund Program for implementing public use improvements at the North Sebastian Conservation Area.  The grant award is for $103,000 with an equal match from Indian River County.  Staff is currently working to design the public use improvements that include a boardwalk along the south lake on Main Street, a crossover connecting the Conservation Area to the City of Sebastian’s new Friendship Park, and a bird observation boardwalk in the central wetland.  Trails have been established and currently used by horseback riders, bicyclers and walkers who are familiar with the unmarked trails.  When the Conservation Area is formally opened, the trails will be marked and a kiosk will provide visitors with information and a trail map.  This area is managed for the protection and preservation of the Florida Scrub Jay, a federally listed Threatened species.  The area has beautiful xeric scrub oak habitat as well as many freshwater wetlands that provide habitat for many species of birds and other animals.  Public use improvements are expected to be completed by Summer 2006.


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