Created By: Environmentally Endangered Lands Program
Pine Flatwoods is a habitat dominated by lower-growing shrubs and palmettos, especially Saw Palmetto (Serenoa repens). There are Slash Pines (Pinus elliotti) overhead, but they are too far apart to form a canopy. Regular fire intervals keep the shrubs from growing too tall and the pine trees from getting too close together. These are some of the important characteristics of a Pine Flatwoods plant community.
Look for a large nest in one of the dead trees. Still-standing dead trees, known as snags, are a favorite nesting spot for ospreys, eagles, hawks, and owls.
This point of interest is part of the tour: Helen and Allan Cruickshank Sanctuary