Natural Communities

Bell Ridge Longleaf WEA has gently rolling hills and ridges that represent relict sand dunes. The predominant habitat is composed of longleaf pine/turkey oak sandhills with a wiregrass groundcover.

 

Management

 gopher tortoise
David Moynahan

The forest is a benchmark example of a high-quality longleaf pine/turkey oak ecosystem. The primary management objective is to promote habitat conditions most critical to meeting the life history requirements of the gopher tortoise and other upland wildlife. To this end, biologists manage and protect the native habitats with regular prescribed burns and the control of nonnative invasive plant species.



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