2017 Fieldtrip

 Fort Lonesome

Well managed, diverse area representative of historic Florida ecosystems

Leaders: Jenny Welch, Sandy Webb, Scott Davis

Day: Sunday

Start Time at Site: 8:00 AM

End Time at Site: 12:00 PM

Difficulty: Moderate

Lunch Included? No

Handicap Access: No

Cost: Included in Conference Registration

Camp Lonesome Conservation Area is a 2,443 acre property purchased by the Osceola County Environmental Lands Conservation Program in 2007. The property supports several uncommon ecological communities. Previous owners of Camp Lonesome used the property for cattle production.

This beautiful piece of “old Florida” landscape is characterized by pine flatwoods, palmetto prairies, live oak hammocks, mixed wetland hardwoods, cypress, freshwater marshes, wet prairies and some remnant pasture. Approximately 75% of the natural lands on  Camp Lonesome ecosystem are fire-dependent, meaning that they require prescribed fire to properly maintain it. Fire enhances the land by opening the understory for new vegetation growth and returns carbon to the soil, which enriches the soil for further growth. Prescribed fire also reduces the fire load, therefore reducing the threat of wildfires.

We have seen orchids, redbud, tarflower, lyonias, rhexias, bromeliads, and many other flowering plants.  Birds include meadowlarks, caracaras,  owls, eagles, swallow tail kites, bluebirds, and warblers.    Other native wildlife  include deer, raccoons, bobcats, skunks, snakes, and turtles.

http://osceola.ifas.ufl.edu/pdfs/Natural%20Resources/Camp%20Lonesome_Brochure_2013.pdf

http://www.osceola.org/agencies-departments/parks/parks-facilities/camp-lonesome-conservation-area.stml

Please bring plenty of water, lunch, snacks, bug spray, sunscreen, hat, closed toed shoes, binoculars, camera, and anything else you find you may need.  There is a portable toilet available, and a picnic area where you can enjoy lunch.  This site is very remote -- please make sure you have a full tank of gas.

 

GPS Location    Latitude: 28.04813    Longitude: -81.18535