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The District’s offices are scheduled to be closed on the following dates in observance of holidays.

  • Jan. 1, 2015
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  • Nov. 27 and 28, 2014
  • Dec. 25, 2014
  • May 26, 2014
  • July 4, 2014
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District lands

Following is a list of properties that are closed or have portions closed due to ongoing land management activities. We regret the temporary inconvenience, but the closures are necessary for public safety. If you have concerns or comments about any of these activities, please contact us at landmgmt@sjrwmd.com or (386) 329‑4404.

  • Moses Creek Conservation Area — campsite closure (Posted on 3‑3‑2014)
    The campsite at Murat’s Point in Moses Creek Conservation Area (see map) will be closed until further notice. We apologize for any inconvenience.
  • Lochloosa Wildlife Conservation Area — Burnt Island timber harvest (Posted on 1‑6‑2014)
    This is a 156-acre second thinning in an old pine plantation that is being restored (see map). The project is expected to be completed by April 2014, and will impact a portion of the interpretive drive on the property. We apologize for any inconvenience.
  • Lochloosa Wildlife Conservation Area — County Road 325 fuelwood harvest (Posted on 1‑6‑2014)
    This 467-acre project is a follow-up to a timber harvest that was completed in 2012 (see map). Hardwoods will be removed to improve the success of the restoration. The project is expected to be completed by May 2014. We apologize for any inconvenience.
  • Rice Creek Conservation Area — timber harvest (Posted on 1‑6‑2014)
    A 143-acre pine flatwoods restoration project is under way at Rice Creek Conservation Area (see map). Loblolly pines are being removed and will be replaced by longleaf pines that are more appropriate to the area’s natural community. The timber harvest portion of the project is expected to be completed by June 2014 and will impact portions of the Florida National Scenic Trail as well as the White and Levee Trails. We apologize for any inconvenience.
  • Bayard Conservation Area timber harvest (Updated on 10‑16‑2013)
    The area in green (see map) is part of a pine flatwoods restoration project. The first phase of the project involves reducing the number of pine trees. Currently the work is halted as a result of wet conditions. Due to the presence of an active bald eagle nest in the immediate area, restoration activities will not resume until spring 2014.
  • Three Forks Conservation Area (Updated on 9‑13‑2013)
    The Sweetwater Drive access point to the St. Johns River in Brevard County — two miles west of Interstate 95 and east of Sawgrass Lake — will be closed until further notice due to levee construction in the St. Johns River Water Management District’s Three Forks Conservation Area.

    The U.S. Army Corps of Engineers is building a retaining wall along the south side of Sweetwater Drive and U.S. 192 (see map). During construction of the wall, Sweetwater Drive will be closed on some weekdays between 6 a.m. and noon. Exact closure dates are contingent on weather conditions during construction.

    Public access is still available to the river by way of the Brevard County boat ramp at Lake Washington.
  • Bayard Conservation Area (Posted on 3‑8‑2013)
    A pine flatwoods restoration project began in mid-March 2013 on approximately 48 acres of current pine plantation (see map). The first phase of the project is pine thinning, followed by a prescribed fire approximately one year post thinning. The contractor has nine months to complete the thinning. The thinning operation may impact the fall 2013 hunting season at this location. We apologize for any inconvenience.
  • Newnans Lake Conservation Area (Posted on 3‑8‑2013)
    A pine flatwoods restoration project began in mid-March 2013 on approximately 401 acres of current pine plantation (see map). The first phase of the project is pine thinning, followed by a prescribed fire approximately one year post thinning. The contractor has nine months to complete the thinning. The thinning operation may impact the fall 2013 hunting season at this location. We apologize for any inconvenience.
  • Newnans Lake Conservation Area — North Tract (Posted on 10‑25‑2012)
    The yellow-white (y/w) connector trail at Newnans Lake Conservation Area — North Tract (see map) will be closed until further notice for repairs. A large tree fell causing substantial damage to one of the trail bridges. We apologize for any inconvenience.
  • Lake Norris Conservation Area (Updated on 9‑29‑2011)
    Lake Norris Conservation Area is home to the 347-acre Blackwater Creek Mitigation Bank. This area was formerly a sand mine. Construction is under way to restore wetlands and uplands by removing sand piles, berms, haul roads and exotic plant species. Prescribed fires will be conducted to maintain the habitat and native species will be planted. Sand pine clear-cuts and selective timber harvesting will restore uplands to their natural sandhill habitat.
  • Rice Creek Conservation Area — timber reservation harvest (Updated on 9‑27‑2010)
    Plum Creek Inc. has timber reservations on approximately 1,000 acres within Rice Creek Conservation Area. The reservations were negotiated during acquisition to reduce the purchase price of the property. The timber reservations expire in 2016. Until that time, harvest activities will occur intermittently on the property. There will be signs posted in the parking area whenever harvest operations are ongoing. We strongly suggest that you take the white trail to avoid logging trucks on the main road during these times.

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St. Johns River Water Management District
4049 Reid Street, Palatka, FL 32177
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