Our 3400 acre stewardship forest is adjacent to the Rice Creek conservation area, a 5000+ acre project of the St. Johns River Water Management District located in Putnam County, Florida.
Most of our land falls under what is considered a “mesic flatwoods” ecosystem designation, with a fair portion of it being mature creek swamps and a smaller area of dry sand hills.
Conservation & restoration efforts are underway in all these areas. On the drier sand hill sites we have partnered with the US Fish & Wildlife Service for a gopher tortoise enhancement project. The vast majority of the creek swamps are held outside the forestry envelope meaning that baring any sort of natural calamity they are not harvested or disturbed in any way. Suitable areas of the “flatwoods” are being reforested with long leaf pine and the balance of the planted pine stand are under a “long rotation” management regimen.
The net effect of all this results in a working forest that produces not just fiber and wood but serves wildlife, protects water resources and benefits native plants.