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Polk County Environmental Lands 10th Anniversary Excursion - February Guide...

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12993 FL-60

12993 Florida 60

Lake Wales, FL 33898

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SUMICA is the largest of Polk County's Environmental Lands and an excellent place to take gorgeous nature. Boasting an expanse of pine flatwoods, the land also supports a diversity of marshes and a picturesque oak hammock. If you climb up to the former railroad bed that runs through the SUMICA property and rises 6 feet above the landscape, you'll have a great shaded vantage point of the countryside. This 4,031-acre tract sits on the shores of Lake Weohyakapka.

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Why is the name "SUMICA" in capital letters? It stands for Societe Universelle Mining Industrie, Commerce et Agriculture, a French company that had timber rights to the land. The town of SUMICA, established in 1917, thrived on lumbering and turpentine. After the pines were harvested, the town vanished in 1927, and its remnants now comprise a modern-day ghost town. A former Seaboard Air Line Railway bed runs through the property. The Polk County Environmental Lands Program and the South Florida Water Management District acquired this 4,031-acre property in February 1999 to preserve its important ecological resources and its cultural history. SUMICA is home to at least 12 species of rare plants and animals.

Sit back, relax and enjoy a guided tour of the property. Please wear close-toed shoes and comfortable outdoor clothing applicable to the current weather conditions. Please bring a refillable water bottle to stay hydrated. Insect repellent and sunscreen are also appropriate for protection. Also, bring a sac lunch, per person in your party, to have while onsite.

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