White Oak Plantation
|White Oak Plantation is a privately
owned, funded and operated nature and conservation center in Northeast Florida.
Five hundred acres of the plantation are dedicated to White Oak Conservation Center where 60 threatened animal species are preserved. Many of these exotic species at White Oak Conservation Center are associated with the Species Survival Plans coordinated by the American Zoo and Aquarium Association.Using the knowledge gained by studies on these animals, Species Survival Plans are formulated and refined to aid in the preservation of these unusual species.
|Another 6500 acres of pine forest, wetlands and
riparian habitat comprise the balance of White Oak Plantation. White Oak Plantation
straddles the St. Marys River so part of the wooded area is found in Southeastern Georgia.
Habitat for Sherman's fox squirrel (Sciurus niger shermani) occurs in the areas of
White Oak Plantation dominated by long leaf or loblolly pine associated with scattered
hardwoods and an open understory.
At the invitation of the Director of White Oak Plantation Dr. Ken Hoover of Jacksonville University initiated an ecological study of Sherman's fox squirrel. The research has focused on habitat requirements and potential management strategies to promote the survival of this species in the Southeastern United States