Blackgum Forest

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Location: Camden County, GA

This property was donated to STPAL in 2015; Acreage: +/- 155 acres

This tract is wooded and is generally bounded by other wooded tracts and single family housing.  Much of the area, particularly to immediate north and east, contains residential lots and similar suburban facilities.  The Property is in the upper reaches of Little Catfish Creek, a meandering branch flowing from waters of Swampwolf Bay, then joining Catfish Creek; then proceeding to join the St. Marys River flow. The tract originally was composed of pine flatwoods type longleaf and slash pine forest with saw palmetto, blueberry and gallberry understory.  Interspersed with this type would have been open pine, wet pine savanna, hardwood bays and hammocks containing bays, oaks, and gums.

Past usage of the tract has been primarily timber, naval stores, and possibly free-range livestock foraging.   Timber, mostly slash pine, cypress, gum, and bay, has been harvested several times in the past.  Approximately 90% of the Property has had timber harvested and some replanted with slash pine.  Interior roads and trails and forest management are the most visible man-made features.

The general intent for the future of the Property is to provide Greenspace and protection and enhancement of natural forest environment, native plant and wildlife species, protection of the wetlands and aquatic resources, and an area suitable for forest and wildlife management, hiking, birdwatching, scenic enjoyment of the public.