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05 de octubre de 2018

Underestimated Split Oak Forest historic sandhill

I wrote my thesis on the historical ecology of Split Oak Forest. However, I did not ground-truth all of my land cover assumptions as my thesis was unfunded and time-restricted. Upon visiting the Castle Hill site in Clermont and the Warea Tract of the Seminole State Forest I was compelled to re-examine my maps of the historical sandhill in Split Oak Forest. I believe that I highly underestimated the historic sandhill in Split Oak. Split Oak Forest certainly has it's fair share of scrubby sandhill (scrubby flatwoods x sandhill = scrub oaks & sand pines) but there are many examples of very old-looking American Turkey Oaks surrounded by wiregrass in what the Cooperative Land Cover Layer v3.0 now calls Scrubby Flatwoods. That's not right. Sandhill is a G3 (Globally Vulnerable) and S2 (State Imperiled). It is critical that we identify all possible restorable sandhill and advocate for its full restoration.

FWC Sandhill Restoration Map: https://friendsofsplitoak.org/wp-content/uploads/2018/10/SOFWEA_FWC_sandhill-restoration-sites.jpg
FWC Historic Vegetation Communities: https://friendsofsplitoak.org/wp-content/uploads/2018/10/Historic-Vegetative-Communities.jpg
My thesis 1947 Land Cover Map: https://friendsofsplitoak.org/wp-content/uploads/2018/10/1947.png

To this end, I am embarking on a project to map all sandhill-associated plant and animal species and document their occurrence in Split Oak Forest. This will tie-in to Friends of Split Oak Forest's Fall 2018 BioBlitz planned for October 26-28.

This first area I'm focusing on is the sandhill area in the Osceola County part of Split Oak Forest.

Ingresado el 05 de octubre de 2018 <span class="translation_missing" title="translation missing: es.by">by</span> valerietheblonde valerietheblonde | 39 observaciones | 1 comentario | Deja un comentario

25 de octubre de 2018

Don't want to go it alone? Join a team.

Hi fellow nature folks,

We have several teams going out on Saturday and Sunday. Check out the schedule and tell facebook that you're going :).

Schedule: https://friendsofsplitoak.org/wp-content/uploads/2018/10/schedule-3.xlsx

Saturday:
Plant Team: https://www.facebook.com/events/2177921389121567/
Kids Blitzteam: https://www.facebook.com/events/816737825384026/

Sunday:
Butterflies & Moths: https://www.facebook.com/events/2218300765117212/
Evening Trip to the Central Ridge: https://www.facebook.com/events/693906177662552/

We could use some help at the main table if you just want to hang out, too.

Cheers,

Val

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