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Trail at Conservation 2020 preserve named to honor conservation advocate Phil Buchanan

January 6, 2017
Cape Coral Daily Breeze

A trail at Conservation 20/20's Galt Preserve on the south end of Pine Island has been named in honor of conservation advocate Phil Buchanan, who died in May 2016. Buchanan was a key figure for several decades supporting conservation causes on Pine Island and in Southwest Florida.

Buchanan, of St. James City, was involved in the effort for Lee County to acquire the land for Galt Preserve through the Conservation 20/20 program, the county's environmentally-sensitive land acquisition program. Buchanan also served as a board member for the Calusa Land Trust, which contributed funding for the purchase of the land.

The Phil Buchanan Trail, a 0.7-mile marked hiking trail, includes interpretive signs about plant life and wildlife at the preserve. The trail also includes an observation deck. A sign dedicated to Buchanan and his legacy was recently installed at the trailhead.

The decision to name the trail in honor of Buchanan was made by the Lee Board of County Commissioners at a meeting in September 2016.

Galt Preserve is at 3661 Stringfellow Rd., St. James City. Free guided walks are scheduled regularly at this preserve. For information on guided walks, call Lee County Conservation 20/20's Jason Boeckman at 239-204-1125, or visit

Source: Lee County



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