CFPFC Field Trip: Restoration with Fire at Tiger Creek Preserve

Babson Park, FL

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The Nature Conservancy has been managing Tiger Creek Preserve with fire since 1987 to restore xeric hammock back to pine/turkey oak sandhill and scrubby flatwoods and to restore flatwoods that were overgrown with bays and other trees. Only limited chainsawing and no other mechanical treatment has aided in the recovery. This tour is an opportunity to see the capacity and the limitations of using fire alone to restore central Florida uplands. Other issues encountered in fire management at Tiger Creek such as challenges with organic soils, using wetlands as firebreaks, rare species issues, and escaped prescribed fire will be covered. Tour transportation will be provided for a maximum of 25 participants. Participants may bring lunch and use picnic tables and facilities after the tour.

 

Directions from the north or Lake Wales area

 

Travel approximately four miles south of the intersection of Highway 60 and Highway 27 in Lake Wales.

 

At the stoplight, turn left onto County Road 640. You will see a sign for Babson Park and Webber College. Fatboy's BBQ is on the corner. Drive about two miles to the junction of CR 640 and SR 17 (Scenic Highway). Turn right onto SR 17. Travel past Webber College and through the little towns of Babson Park and Hillcrest Heights. At the top of the hill, turn left onto North Lake Moody Road. At the stop sign, turn left again onto Murray Road.

 

 

 

Travel two miles through the citrus grove, down the hill and across the railroad tracks. Turn left onto Pfundstein Road. Go approximately  1/4-mile and turn left at The Nature Conservancy sign.  Go past the Hiker Parking sign. Continue through the gate on the gravel drive. Go all the way to the office complex. Park in front of the office.  

 

from the south

 

Take Highway 27 north. Travel four miles north of Avon Park to the stop light at the intersection of Highway 27 and State Road 17 (Scenic Highway). There is a traffic light at this intersection. Turn right on to State Road 17 at the stoplight. Stay on State Road 17 and go through the little town of Frostproof. Travel approximately four miles north on State Road 17. Follow State Road 17 around Lake Moody and up the hill. At the top of the hill, turn right on to Murray Road.

 

 

 

Travel two miles through the citrus grove, down the hill and across the railroad tracks. Turn left onto Pfundstein Road. Go approximately 1/4-mile and turn left at The Nature Conservancy sign.  Go past the Hiker Parking sign. Continue through the gate on the gravel drive. Go all the way to the office complex. Park in front of the office.