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Forest Stewardship Property Tour April 23

Forest Stewardship Property Tour April 23

Tour HeaderAgenda:

Thursday, April 23, 2015. Sign in, meet and greet at 9:00 AM Eastern. Adjourn after lunch.

Tour:

Spring Canyon LLC is a beautiful 100-acre property owned by Helen and Tom Roth. The property is home to steephead ravines and longleaf pine-wire grass sandhills. This will be a moderately strenuous hike on some steep terrain, but well worth the effort!  Helen has traced the history of the property back to 1926 near the end of the turpentine era. Their goal is to improve the upland habitat for threatened and endangered plants and animals. Through a lot of hard work and assistance from the Forest Stewardship Program and USDA Conservation Programs, Helen and Tom are working to restore the uplands back to what they were before many decades of fire exclusion. They are removing hardwoods to allow light to reach longleaf pine seedlings and understory grasses and forbs, and getting fire back in the system. Some larger flowering and fruiting hardwoods are left for wildlife and aesthetic value. In addition to working on and enjoying her property, Helen loves to use the property to educate others about the benefits of active management in restoring the plant and animal communities at Spring Canyon. Join us for a tour. Unique plants in bloom at the time of the tour should include mountain laurel, Florida anise and others. Be prepared for walking.

Register:

Cost is $ 10 per person, lunch and materials included. Register online at https://fsp-tour042315.eventbrite.com/.  Alternatively, you can reserve a space by calling Gadsden County Extension at (850) 875-7255. Payment can be made onsite with cash or a check, payable to University of Florida.  Space will be limited so please register early. Directions to the property are on the back. Please share this announcement with others who may be interested. Contact Chris Demers, (352) 846-2375, cdemers@ufl.edu, for more information about Forest Stewardship Program events.
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