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Recreation announcements

Following is a list of properties that are closed or have portions closed due to ongoing land management activities. We regret the temporary inconvenience, but the closures are necessary for public safety. If you have concerns or comments about any of these activities, please contact us at landmgmt@sjrwmd.com or 386-329-4404.


Silver Springs Forest Conservation Area ( Posted 6-23-2017 )

A hydrologic restoration project is underway at Silver Springs Forest Conservation Area. A portion of the project includes the construction of three overflow weir/drainage structures (see map). The red trail will not be impacted by the project. The white and red-white connector trails will be impacted. The largest structure will be installed at the Half Mile Creek crossing located just northeast of the C.R. 326 trailhead. During the construction of this structure, the C.R. 326 trailhead will be closed for public safety.

We anticipate that all construction will be completed by the end of August 2017, unless we receive excessive rainfall.

Updated information and maps will be posted at all three trailheads on the property.

We apologize for any inconvenience and thank you for your patience.


Lake Jesup Conservation Area ( Updated 7-11-2017 )

Several partnership restoration projects that will help improve the lake’s water quality are underway on the east side of the Lake Jesup Conservation Area. Visitors to the area might see heavy equipment as crews work to restore wetlands by removing invasive plants, removing sediment from Sweetwater canal, backfilling drainage ditches, and restoring creeks to their natural condition. Work is expected to continue through summer 2017. As a result, the white trail (see map) will be closed until the work is completed.


Stokes Landing Conservation Area ( Posted 5-11-2017 )

A portion of the yellow trail and most of the yellow-white connector trail
(see map) are closed for public safety until further notice. It is hoped that the trails will be re-opened by May 17. We apologize for any inconvenience.


Bayard Conservation Area ( Posted 3-24-2017 )

A 63-acre seed-tree cut at Bayard Conservation Area is scheduled to begin April 1, 2017 (see map). The contractor has until April 1, 2018, to complete the work. A seed-tree cut leaves a pre-determined number of large, mature seed-producing pine trees and removes the remainder. This is done in even-age pine stands to encourage natural recruitment of pines so the area can become a mixed age pine forest.

The western portion of the White Trail will be impacted during the work. Please be careful of logging trucks coming and going.


Clark Bay Conservation Area ( Posted 3-24-2017 )

Numerous planted pine areas within Clark Bay Conservation Area, totaling 500 acres, will undergo a first thinning this year (see map). The work is underway and the contractor has until January 18, 2018, to complete the work.

While work is underway, please be careful with the logging trucks entering and exiting the property. This work could impact hunting within the Wildlife Management Area and the White Trail.


Lake George Conservation Area ( Posted 3-24-2017 )

Two areas within Lake George Conservation Area totaling 115 acres (see map) will undergo a second thinning with the Interpretive Drive impacted. When work is underway, please be careful due to logging trucks entering and exiting the property. The contract allows the work to be done from March 15, 2017, through March 15, 2018. This work could impact hunting within the Wildlife Management Area.


Moses Creek Conservation Area ( Posted 3-24-2017 )

Three areas within Moses Creek Conservation Area will be impacted by forest management activities in the coming months (see map). As part of a pine flatwoods restoration project, 111 acres of sand pine saplings will be removed to encourage longleaf pine establishment.

The powerline right-of-way will have sand pines and hardwood saplings removed to protect the powerlines. Also, 20 acres of large sand pines will be removed for natural community restoration and wildfire protection in close proximity to homes.

The Red, White and Yellow trails will be impacted by the work. Please be careful of logging trucks coming and going. The work should begin in early April 2017 and will be completed by June 30, 2017.


Silver Springs Forest Conservation Area ( Posted 3-24-2017 )

Three areas of planted pines, totaling 218 acres, within Silver Springs Forest Conservation Area will undergo a first thinning (see map). The contractor has from April 15, 201,7 until April 15, 2018, to complete the work. Both the Red and White trails will be impacted by the work. Please be careful of logging trucks coming and going.


Thomas Creek Conservation Area ( Posted 3-24-2017 )

Multiple areas within Thomas Creek Conservation Area will have forestry operations occurring over the next year (see map). When work is underway, please be careful with the logging trucks entering and exiting the property. The contract allows the work to be done from March 30, 2017, through March 30, 2018. This work could impact hunting within the Wildlife Management Area and the White trail.


Stokes Landing Conservation Area ( Posted 11-22-2016 )

The observation tower at Stokes Landing Conservation Area is closed until further notice (see map). Numerous boards have broken and will be replaced in the upcoming weeks. We apologize for the inconvenience.


Emeralda Marsh Conservation Area ( Updated on 2‑4‑2017 )

The 4.2-mile self-guided wildlife drive within the St. Johns River Water Management District’s Emeralda Marsh Conservation Area in Lake County will remain closed throughout the 2017 season (see map ). The closure is due to projects geared at restoring the natural connection to Lake Griffin, improving the wildlife drive and constructing a pad for a new and larger public boat ramp. The closure is necessary for public safety as the district prepares to restore the connection between Lake Griffin and the area west of Emeralda Island Road known as Area Three.

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