“Nature is not a place to visit. It is home.” ― Gary Snyder

  • Pine Flatwoods


    The Pine Flatwoods community derives its name from the occurrence of areas with flat topography. Soils consist of acidic, sandy and low in organic and clay content. Flatwoods may flood during summer due to poor drainage conditions. Vegetation is represented in three layers. The lower layer consists of herbaceous forbs; the mid layer includes shrubby hardwoods and small trees; the canopy layer consists of one, rarely more, pine species. Generally, Florida panther and black bear utilize this habitat, as well as numerous other imperiled species, including red-cockaded woodpecker.

  • Xeric Oak Scrub

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    Xeric Oak Scrub is a hardwood community typically consisting of clumped patches of low growing oaks interspersed with bare areas of white sand. This community occurs on areas of deep, well-washed, sterile sands. The word “xeric” means dry, and characterizes the reduced capacity of underlying soils to retain moisture. The xeric oak scrub community is dominated by myrtle oak, Chapman's oak, sand-live oak, scrub holly, scrub plum, scrub hickory, rosemary, and saw palmetto. Fire is important in setting back plant succession and maintaining viable oak scrubs. This community is important habitat for Florida Ziziphus and sand skink.

  • Freshwater Marsh and Wet Prairie


    Freshwater Marsh and Wet Prairie are wetlands wetland communities dominated by a wide assortment of herbaceous plant species, including pickerel weed, sawgrass, maidencane, arrowhead, fire flag, cattail, spike rush, bulrush, white water lily, water shield, and various sedges. Wetlands are important water storage areas, and provide habitat for a variety of amphibians, reptiles, and birds.