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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 or 386-329-4404.

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 ( Posted on 2‑4‑2016 )

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.

Bayard Conservation Area ( Posted on 1‑15‑2016 )

Two areas of Bayard Conservation Area will undergo timber management activities (see map ). One area is a thinning in pine flatwoods to improve natural community health (84 acres). The second is a clearcut of slash pine and subsequent planting of longleaf pine for the purposes of pine flatwoods restoration (39 acres).

During the course of this project, a portion of the white trail may need to be closed for public safety. If so, a notice will be placed on the website and signage will be placed at the trailhead. Also, one of the restoration areas is located within the Bayard Wildlife Management Area. Please use extra caution in these areas. We apologize for any inconvenience this may cause.

Newnans Lake Conservation Area ( Updated on 2‑16‑2017 )

Portions of Newnans Lake Conservation Area will undergo a first-time thinning in a pine plantation (see map ). The contractors have until January 2018 to complete the work.

The restoration areas are located within the Hatchet Creek Wildlife Management Area. Please use extra caution in these areas. We apologize for any inconvenience this may cause.


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