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Blackwater River State Forest

Forest Overview

The Blackwater River State Forest, a woodland abundant in plant and animal life, lies in the northwestern Florida Panhandle. The Blackwater River, for which the forest is named, is a rare example of a shifting sand bottom stream flowing through gently rolling lands.

It is part of the largest ecological community of its type anywhere in the world. Sadly, this system has declined to less than 5% of the original 60 million acres it once covered in the southeastern United States. An exceptional source of biodiversity, pinelands provide habitat to more than 30 threatened or endangered plant and animal species including the pitcher plant, red-cockaded woodpecker, gopher tortoise, and Florida sandhill crane.

An exceptional source of biodiversity, pinelands provide habitat to more than 30 threatened or endangered plant and animal species.

Blackwater River State Forest Needs Our Help

In 2012, the Florida Forest Service will urgently focus on a goal of planting more than one million longleaf pine trees. These trees are essential to the landscape and its recovery: to filter rain water, retain topsoil and moisture, provide diverse habitat and food sources for wildlife, and help preserve public lands in the Florida panhandle that will once again lure visitors for decades to come.

You can help repair damage to wildlife habitats. Read about our efforts in each and restore the awe-inspiring beauty of our state and national forests.

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