In this area, you will see off-site loblolly pine attempting to establish. These pine trees are more prolific seeders than longleaf pines, and their seeds are lighter so the wind can disperse them over greater distances. These pines are some of the first to take over when succession occurs. Because they are not fire-tolerant, the use of prescribed fire is the most efficient tool to control their growth in areas such as this where longleaf should be the predominant pine.
Birds You May See in the Area:
Year-round: Carolina Chickadees, Tufted Titmice, Carolina Wrens, Brown Thrashers, Pine Warblers, and Eastern Towhees.
Summer: Hooded Warblers.
Winter: Golden-crowned and Ruby-crowned kinglets, Hermit Thrushes, Yellow-rumped Warblers, and White-throated Sparrows.
Proceed 0.73 miles along FS 745 to the next interpretive site on the right.