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Reduce Sand Pines to Help Endangered Scrub-Jays at FWC Jack Creek (2/17/2018)
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Reduce Sand Pines to Help Endangered Scrub-Jays at FWC Jack Creek (2/17/2018)

Jack Creek is new to FWC – and to most Ridge Rangers! We'll be cutting down sand pines at this site to create more useable habitat for Scrub-Jays. This type of pines will take over a Scrub Habitat, eliminating homes for endangered Scrub-Jays and harboring Scrub-Jay predators.

2/17/2018
When: Saturday, January 13, 2018
8:00 AM
Where: FWC Jack Creek
3466 Northern Blvd
Lake Placid, Florida  33852
United States
Contact: Bill Parken
863 699 3741


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New Date for Jack Creek is Saturday, February 17!


The Jack Creek conservation tract was formerly managed by South West Florida Water Management District but has recently been transferred to FWC.  

This conservation area will be new to most Ridge Rangers!


We'll be cutting down sand pines at this site to create more useable habitat for Scrub-Jays. This type of pines will take over a Scrub Habitat, eliminating homes for endangered Scrub-Jays and harboring Scrub-Jay predators.

We’ll be using hand saws, sawsalls, and chainsaws (for qualified Ridge Rangers)


 

Sand Pines at Jack Creek


Meet at the intersection of Northern Blvd and Greenfield Street, near Lake Placid.

Meeting Location Address 

3466 Northern Blvd, Lake Placid, FL 33852

Directions to the Meeting Location:

From the intersection of US98 and US 27 south of Sebring:

Continue south on US27 for 2.6 miles, and then turn west (right) at the blinking traffic onto Lake Josephine Drive. Lake Josephine Drive will wind around, but continue for around 3 miles, and then turn left (south) onto Henscratch Road. Stay on Henscratch for 1.9 miles, and then left (east) onto Northern Blvd. Head east on Northern Blvd and you’ll see the meeting place in around 2.2 miles at the intersection of Northern and Greenfield.

Coming east on SR 66 from Zolfo:

Once in Highlands County, look for the intersection with CR 635 but keep going east on SR 66. About 2 miles past the intersection with CR635, turn right (south) onto Payne Road. Continue on Payne Road for two miles and then turn left (east) onto Lake Josephine Drive. Continue on Lake Josephine Drive for one mile and then turn right (south) on to Henscratch Road. Stay on Henscratch for 1.9 miles, and then left (east) onto Northern Blvd. Head east on Northern Blvd and you’ll see the meeting place in around 2.2 miles at the intersection of Northern and Greenfield.

GPS Units may try to route you onto Hines Way to get to Northern - do not try to go onto Hines Way!

Hines Way is now closed and is also not drivable by 2 WD or 4 WD vehicles.


The unique habitat found on FWC Jack Creek includes bay swamp, cutthroat grass seeps, sand pine scrub, hardwood hammock and pine flatwoods. These habitats are rich in natural beauty. The bay swamp habitat dominates the property with abundant red bay, sweet bay and red maple trees. The Jack Creek tract is significant because it protects a large stand of Lake Wales Ridge scrub. This rare community provides habitat for one of the densest concentrations of endangered communities in the world. Cutthroat grass seep communities are also endangered and are restricted almost exclusively to Polk and Highlands counties.

Two key features of the property are Josephine and Jack creeks. Josephine Creek runs along the northern boundary of the property and intersects with Jack Creek, which runs along the eastern boundary. Josephine and Jack creeks and their surrounding swamps serve as the outlet for surface runoff from the Lake Placid West Chain-of-Lakes watershed. Overflow discharge from this watershed travels into Jack Creek, then into Josephine, and ultimately into Lake Istokpoga.