Forest stewardship tour at Little Creek Woods Oct. 6

September 13, 2011

Natural habitat of longleaf pine and wiregrass. Lori Ceier/Walton Outdoors

Explore good forest stewardship in Mossy Head

Having made great strides in their habitat restoration efforts at Little Creek Woods, Bob Reid and Betsy Clark are inviting the public to see their progress. A forest stewardship tour will be held on their property in Mossy Head on Oct. 6, 2011 at 9 a.m.

Little Creek Woods consists of 890 acres but this tour will focus on a core of about 200 acres where efforts are underway to restore longleaf sandhill habitat.  We’ll also see an experimental installment of planted pines to measure the growth of different pine species on high and dry sites.  The goal at Little Creek is to develop a multi-age forest, supporting a full complement of wildlife, while providing a permanent source of income for future generations.  Having been in the Forest Stewardship Program for many years, Bob and Betsy have opened their gate several times to share their experiences with other landowners and natural resource professionals who are trying to achieve similar or related goals.  There will be some walking so wear appropriate boots and clothing.

Cost is $10 per person, lunch and materials included. Please register on-line at
http://fsp-tour100611.eventbrite.com/. Those without Internet access can
reserve a space by Walton County Extension Office at (850) 892-8172 to reserve a
space. Payment can be made on-site with cash or a check, payable to University
of Florida. Space will be limited so please register early. Contact Chris Demers, (352) 846-2375, cdemers@ufl.edu, with questions about this or other Florida Forest Stewardship Program events.

Directions:

Located about 6 miles north of Interstate 10 in Walton County

-Take Exit 70 (between Crestview and DeFuniak Springs) off I-10.
-Go north on SR 285 – ¼ mile to US 90 (Raceway gas station on corner).
-Turn right on US 90 and go 2 miles to Mossy Head (Chevron station on left).
-Turn left (north) onto County Road 1087, about .25 mile past Chevron station.
-Travel 5 miles and veer left (west) to Fox Hill Road, an all-weather dirt road.
-Fox Hill Road is about 2 miles beyond the Shoal River bridge, a
sign advertising Arabian Horses is across the road from the turn.
-Little Creek Woods is on the left (west) side of Fox Hill Road, ¾ mile beyond a small,
single-lane bridge with the sign “Big Branch”. Look for the Stewardship Forest sign.
-Enter and follow the sand trail ½ mile to the meeting site.