Congratulations to Doug and Teresa Moore for their outstanding forest stewardship and being selected as Florida’s Outstanding Tree Farmers of 2018. Located at the headwaters of the St. Mary’s River in Baker County, 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 the primary objective on the property is high-quality wildlife habitat, the plantation also produces timber and is a great example of integrating these objectives. Prescribed fire is an important tool here and Doug has been involved in organizing the North Central Florida Prescribed Burn Association. The family provides educational outreach programs at the property to fellow landowners and conservation groups, in partnership with the University of Florida / IFAS Extension service, Florida Fish and Wildlife Conservation Commission (FWC), Florida Forest Service and others. Doug is a FWC certified Youth Hunt Master and leads youth hunts on the property. He also leads camping and merit badge programs with the Boy Scouts.
Join us at the property for a tour and awards ceremony on Friday, October 19th. This event is free but pre-registration is required. Reserve a space for the morning or afternoon tour by calling Whitney at the Florida Forestry Association, (850) 222-5646. Space will be limited to 20 people per tour. The deadline to register is October 9th. Directions to the property and more information can be found at: Tree Farm Tour at South Prong Plantation