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Lee County has completed the acquisition of 427 acres in Alva through the Conservation 20/20 program. The parcel is located directly south of State Route 80 and less than a mile west of Hickey Creek Mitigation Park. The acquisition adds to a large area of existing conservation land in northeast Lee County, which protects an area nearly 6 miles wide and 3 miles long. The Lee County commissioners approved the $4.4 million purchase contract for the property in August. Community representatives and nonprofit organizations have advocated for the perseveration of the land, which is adjacent to the River Hall subdivision and formerly referred to as the Carter Ranch. The land was purchased from Amtel Farms, Inc., and this conservation area will now be known as Oak Hammock Preserve. Passive recreation opportunities including hiking trails with parking are anticipated on this preserve, the county reports.