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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.


Burn bans now in effect ( Updated 4-21-2017 )

Burn bans enacted by counties throughout the district will impact some district properties. Campfires will not be allowed on district properties while burn bans remain in effect. Due to dry conditions, burn bans are currently in effect in the following counties:

  • Baker
  • Brevard
  • Lake
  • Marion
  • Nassau
  • Okeechobee
  • Orange
  • Osceola
  • Putnam
  • Seminole

Statewide wildfires conditions map


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 ( 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.


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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