The Crystal River Preserve State Park is truly a unique area on Florida’s Gulf Coast. The park is in between temperate and sub-tropical climate zones, which allows for different communities to grow according to their location. In addition to the climatic zones, it also protects expansive grass flats that extend many miles into the gulf. The estuarine system is fed fresh water from seven rivers in the county, which provides for an abundance of sea life. The overall environment of this wonderful area has provided for animal and human residents for thousands of years.
Many new pre-Columbian archaeological sites have been added to the Florida Site Files and it is anticipated that the pre-historic and historic inventory will continue to increase. It is important that we gain knowledge based on our predecessor’s impacts on the environment as well as the biological, hydrological, geological, and climatic changes that have occurred, so that we can better understand our own impacts and continuing changes in the systems for comprehensive management.