Charles H. Bronson State Forest
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Sign for the Chuluota Wilderness Area within the Charles H. Bronson State Forest
Charles H. Bronson State Forest is located in Florida
Charles H. Bronson State Forest
LocationOrange County and Seminole County, Florida
Nearest cityChristmas, Florida
Coordinates28°37′26″N 81°01′23″W / 28.624°N 81.023°W / 28.624; -81.023Coordinates: 28°37′26″N 81°01′23″W / 28.624°N 81.023°W / 28.624; -81.023
Area10,945 acres
Other informationHiking, wildlife viewing, horseback riding

Charles H. Bronson State Forest is located north of Christmas, Florida. It covers almost 11,000 acres in southeastern Seminole and northeastern Orange County and is located just south of Little Big Econ State Forest.[1][2] The St. Johns River forms part of the eastern boundary of the forest.

Geography

The Forest is located just east of the Chuluota Wilderness Area, a 625-acre natural area owned by Seminole County.[3]

The Charles H. Bronson State Forest is adjacent to and south of the Little Big Econ State Forest. The forest is approximately 11,246 acres. The most notable feature in the Charles H. Bronson State Forest is the St. Johns River. Four creeks flow through the forest: Turkey Creek, Joshua Creek, Buscombe Creek, and Christmas Creek. The forest offers recreation services and features 20 miles of horse trails connected to 3 other conservation lands. [4]

History

Florida's legislative direction established the Charles H. Bronson State Forest on July 1, 2008. The forest is named for Charles H. Bronson, Commissioner for the Florida Department of Agriculture and Consumer Services from 2001 to 2011.[5]

In the past the forest was used for turpentine, agriculture and cattle grazing. Today it is managed to restore and maintain native ecosystems, protect plants and animals, protect archaeological and historical sites, support outdoor recreation, and protect the quality and health of rivers and wetlands. [6]

See also

References

  1. ^ "Charles H. Bronson State Forest". Out in the Boonies. Retrieved 12 August 2014.
  2. ^ Charles H. Bronson State Forest Florida Forest Service
  3. ^ "Chuluota Wilderness Area". Seminole County. Archived from the original on 5 June 2014. Retrieved 2 June 2014.
  4. ^ "Charles H. Bronson State Forest". FDACS.
  5. ^ "Charles H. Bronson State Forest / State Forests / Our Forests / Florida Forest Service / Divisions & Offices / Home - Florida Department of Agriculture & Consumer Services". Archived from the original on 2020-04-12. Retrieved 2020-04-12.
  6. ^ "Charles H. Bronson State Forest". FDACS.

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