Sawmill Slough Preserve Projects

UNF Sawmill Slough Preserve 

A 382-acre natural area on campus was designated as a Preserve in May 2006 by UNF President John A. Delaney. The Sawmill Slough Preserve includes the original Sawmill Slough, a wetland habitat stretching through the western portion of the campus from Central Parkway to J Turner Butler Boulevard. In addition to the wetland, small areas of drier habitat including some longleaf pine-turkey oak woodlands may be found in the Preserve. 
Preserve trail
The stated purpose of the Preserve is to "assure that the Sawmill Slough Preserve will persist in a natural condition." The Preserve will protect the natural water drainage of the slough through campus as well as the native plants and animals associated with this habitat. The Preserve is a great place for a quiet hike or to view wildlife. Located within the Preserve are the Robert W. Loftin Nature Trails, named after the distinguished UNF professor. The trails are classified as a National Recreational Trail and transition through various habitats over the course of approximately 5 miles.  


The Preserve is a living laboratory for research and education, and provides a unique connection to nature for campus life. The Curator of the Sawmill Slough Preserve is responsible for overseeing the maintenance of natural habitats in the Preserve and restoration of natural habitats where required. The Curator coordinates activities in the Preserve and represents the Natural Assets Management Plan in the Preserve. The position reports to the UNF Sustainability Committee. Contact the Preserve Curator by e-mail at or by telephone at (904) 620-1315.

Campus Natural Assets Inventory (CNAI) — 2006 - Present

Since 2006, Mr. Chuck Hubbuch, Assistant Director of Physical Facilities, Landscape and Grounds, and Curator of the Sawmill Slough Preserve, has been compiling an inventory of the native plants and animals located on the UNF campus' natural areas. As a step towards continuing engagement in the Preserve, the UNF Environmental Center hired students to assist with the Campus Natural Assets Inventory (CNAI). Read more. 

Ecological Research and Natural Areas Management — 2013 - 2015

As a mechanism to help continue the Campus Natural Assets Inventory (CNAI), the Ecologist position was created to conduct research in the Sawmill Slough Preserve and assist the Preserve Curator with management activities. Read more. 

Sawmill Slough Preserve Expansion Proposal — 2015

During the designation of The Sawmill Slough Preserve in 2006, some upland areas were not included in the boundaries, but instead reserved for potential development in accordance with predicted growth of the University. Read more.

Preserve Digital Archive — 2015 - Present

This site is designed to be a scientific, cultural, and historical archive of the UNF Sawmill Slough Preserve. Browse the archive

In case you have difficulty accessing the archive, please visit the troubleshooting page.


UNF Conservation Area Map (from 2015-2025 UNF Master Plan, p. 26)

Sawmill Slough Preserve boundary map