Florida Forest Stewardship Tours: South Prong Plantation, Baker County
South Prong Plantation is located at the headwaters of the South Prong of the St. Mary’s River in Baker County. Doug Moore, South Prong owner and manager, purchased this timberland in 2002 because it was close to his farm in Duval County, and most of all, because the property was diverse. South Prong Plantation encompasses over 2,400 acres of pine flatwoods, cypress swamps and hydric hammock that is home to a wide variety of wildlife. While Doug’s primary objective is managing for high-quality wildlife habitat, the plantation also produces timber and is a great example of integrating timber and wildlife habitat management, and prescribed fire is an important tool here.
Morning and afternoon tours of South Prong Plantation will be given on Friday, February 23rd. The morning tour meets at the property at 9am with lunch following at noon. The afternoon tour meets at 11:30am for sign in, lunch, and tour begins at 1pm. You can reserve a space for the morning or afternoon tours by contacting the UF/IFAS Baker County Extension Office at 259-3520. The registration fee of $10 per person includes lunch and materials. You may pay at the event either by cash or check, or register and pay online at: https://fsp-tour022318.eventbrite.com . Space is limited so register soon!