The Econfina Creek Water Management Area, currently managed by the Northwest Florida Water Management District(NWFWMD)under the multiple-use concept, consists of 37,000 acres. The District is one of five created for the conservation, protection, management and control of surface and ground waters in the northwest portion of the State. Econfina Creek is considered to be one of the most pristine waterways in Florida and has superb scenery, unique geologic and hydrologic featuresmaking it a favorite of canoeists. It is the only Class I (drinking water) waterbody in the NW District and provides the potable water supply for Panama City and other communities. A 269 acre parcel will first be prescribed burned to remove the off-site sand pine, slash pine and turkey oak prior to planting 195,000 natural longleaf pine tubelings.
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