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Sep 12 2013 | 8:30am - 12:00pm EDT

Workshops, Trainings and Fieldtrips


Blackjack Crossing Tract
Talbot County, GA

In conjunction with the Alabama Prescribed Fire Council Annual Meeting, the Southern Fire Exchange and The Nature Conservancy have organized a field tour for September 12, 2013 at Blackjack Crossing Tract in Talbot County, Georgia. The Nature Conservancy staff will lead a tour of several sites on Blackjack Crossing that demonstrate various stages of longleaf pine restoration efforts that include several different 'starting points' for the restoration program. The tour will showcase a 10-year-long research study site that demonstrates the influence of prescribed fire seasonality and longleaf pine overstory density on understory vegetation. The tour will also visit a seepage bog/wetland and include discussion on the use of prescribed fire to maintain and improve wetland habitat.

The site lies within the Fall Line Sandhills significant geographic area (SGA) for longleaf pine conservation and is part of the Chattahoochee Fall Line Conservation Partnership's (CFLCP) Conservation Area anchored by Fort Benning Military Installation. You can learn more by visiting the CFLCP website or The Nature Conservancy's webpage describing this project.

Check-in begins at 8:30am, and the field tour begins at 9:00am.

Participants will park onsite, and the Georgia Forestry Commission will provide trolleys to transport participants on the tour.

Blackjack Crossing is located off Highway 96 between Geneva and Junction City in Talbot County. Click here to view a location map; detailed directions will be sent to registered participants.

Register early; the tour is limited to 35 participants.

This field tour is being organized by The Nature Conservancy and the Southern Fire Exchange, in partnership with the Alabama Prescribed Fire Council and the Georgia Forestry Commission.