Thursday, April 19, 2012

Field Trip Report from Cane Creek Canyon Preserve

A group from the Winston County Natural Resources Council visited the Cane Creek Canyon Preserve in Colbert County on April 19, 2012.  Dr. Jim Lacefield and his family have acquired several tracts of land over the years in a special part of Colbert County.  Working with the Nature Conservancy, they have protected the property from future commercial use with conservation easements.  The Lacefields encourage the public to visit the property at no charge.  They do so with the belief that giving people a good place to enjoy nature will pay tremendous dividends in the future.

Dr. Lacefield hiked with our group on a portion of trails in the Preserve.  He led us to a population of French's Shootingstar-a very rare wildflower, pointed out several fossils and rock formations, and showed us a beautiful vista overlooking Cane Creek.

Several more photos from the visit are available at this link.

After the visit at the Preserve, we made a short trip over to Hawk Pride Mountain to Tom and Debbie Count's home where we were treated to grilled chicken breasts, baked beans, potato salad, fried apple pies, and chocolate pie.  Thanks to Jim and Faye Lacefield for hosting our hike, and to Tom and Debbie Counts for inviting us into their home for lunch.

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