Conservation Center Tract - Sandhill consists of
longleaf pine-turkey oak mixed with sand live oak, and a dense
ground cover of grasses and herbs including wiregrass, gopher
apple, blazing star, lopsided Indian grass, wild buckwheat, and
At Chinsegut Conservation Center, sandhill is being
restored by removing encroaching hardwoods and pines infested with
pine beetles, cleaning up debris, and using prescribed burns to
facilitate germination of longleaf pine and growth of
Big Pine Tract - The 430-acre Big Pine Tract is the
second largest tract of old-growth longleaf pine in Florida.
Biologist Kristin Wood
with cone from longleaf pine
Southernmost extent of
sassafras in Florida.
The hardwood hammock consists of sand live or live
oak, laurel oak with little understory other than saw palmetto.
Other trees in the overstory include pignut hickory, southern
magnolia and American holly.
The basin marsh consists of shrubby and herbaceous
wetland. Typical plants include maidencane, arrowhead, willow,
buttonbush, dog fennel, redroot, and water lilies in the deeper