The Friends of Lost Creek Forest are offering public tours at Lost Creek Forest for the autumn season. Guests can see, hear and feel the beauty of an old growth hardwood forest as it prepares for winter. The hickory and sourwood trees are turning their fall colors and the migrant birds are stopping over for rest and refueling.
Lost Creek Forest, a publicly owned forest at the airport in Thomas County, is a rare remaining original, old-growth hardwood hammock forest and wetlands. Very few parcels of this type of forest remain, and this is one of the best. It is featured in the recently published book The Natural Communities of Georgia. It is a natural heritage gem that complements Thomas County's other forest treasures on private land, the old-growth longleaf pine savannas of Greenwood Plantation's Big Woods and Acadia Plantation's Wade Tract. This makes Thomas County one of richest places in the Southeast with remnants of our quickly disappearing natural heritage, climax forests that are found today much as they were hundreds or even thousands of years ago.
The city and county governments have decided that access to the forest is limited to tours by The Friends in order to protect this public treasure. Autumn tours begin this weekend during the Thomasville Fly-In with tours on Friday from 4 p.m.-5:30 p.m. and Saturday from 10 a.m.-1 p.m.
To sign up for a tour, register at lostcreekforest.eventbrite.com. If you do not use a computer, you may call Beth Grant at 229-227-9844.
See Thursday's edition for more details