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Florida Forest Stewardship Tour at Crooked Creek Preserve, Gadsden County

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Crooked Creek Preserve

Hwy 270

Chatahoochee, FL 32324

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Florida Forest Stewardship Tour
Crooked Creek Preserve
Property of Ben and Louann Williams
Gadsden County, FL
Thursday, October 3, 2019

Meet at the property at 9:00 AM EST, adjourn after tour and lunch


In the late 1990s, Bill and Marcia Boothe were looking for land to purchase for conservation and preservation purposes. This 145-acre tract in the northwest corner of Gadsden County had what they were looking for: ravines and a winding creek system that is home to an extremely rich diversity of rare plant and animal species. The property also included a bahia pasture and upland hardwoods. Their first step was to restore longleaf pine forest to this area. With help from FWC’s Landowner Incentive Program (LIP), they offset some of the cost to have a fuel wood crew chip 22 acres of hardwoods. They prepared the site and planted longleaf, wiregrass, and Lopsided Indiangrass. The USDA Natural Resources Conservation Service’s Working Lands for Wildlife Program has provided funding for prescribed burning, mechanical brush management, and pollinator habitat improvement. The Boothes planted three acres of pollinator-friendly native wildflower seeds and hedgerows of trees and shrubs in additional areas of the bahia grass pasture. Recently they acquired an additional seven acres of adjacent property that they plan to work with FWC and NRCS on wildlife friendly habitat programs.

Join us for a tour to see longleaf pine and wiregrass uplands, blooming wildflowers and Lopsided Indiangrass, native bee nesting boxes, bee hives, numerous game cameras at gopher tortoise burrows that monitor wildlife activity, and extensive damage to the ravine system caused by Hurricane Michael. This will be a walking tour so please dress accordingly. Note that we will be in some proximity to bee hives so take necessary precautions if you have allergies to bee stings.


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Crooked Creek Preserve

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Chatahoochee, FL 32324

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