Effective Jan. 30: Due to recent rains, the Blackwater River is higher than normal. Expect beaches to be smaller than usual, and trails will be wet and muddy. Some trails may be impassable. Please call 850-983-5363 or 850-712-0193 for current park conditions.
Most of the stream flows through undeveloped lands of the Blackwater State Forest and Blackwater River State Park, core areas of the largest contiguous longleaf pine/wiregrass ecosystem remaining in the world, one described as being rarer than a tropical rainforest.
The U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service has released a final hunting and fishing plan for Chesapeake Marshlands National Wildlife Refuge (NWR) Complex in Maryland, which includes Blackwater and Eastern Neck NWRs. A draft plan was issued earlier this spring; during the 97-day public comment period, 24 comment letters were received. We are grateful to those who provided comments, which helped in developing the final plan.
Please note that you must apply for the turkey hunt via an online application system located at recreation.gov. Hunters apply directly on the website or by calling the recreation.gov customer service number, 877-444-6777. Once you access the website, you will need to create an account and search for "Blackwater National Wildlife Refuge Turkey Permits". Instructions on the website will guide you through the application process.
Blackwater River State Forest is located in the Florida Panhandle northeast of Pensacola. The forest borders the Conecuh National Forest to the north and extends southward toward Eglin Air Force Base.
Blackwater River State Forest is one of the largest State Forests in Florida and is named for the Blackwater River, which begins to the north in Alabama and meanders approximately 30 miles southwestward through the forest into Blackwater Bay, near Milton, Florida. Blackwater River is one of the few shifting sand bottom streams that remains in its natural state for nearly its entire length. The topography of the forest is gently rolling, and various natural communities are represented.
Blackwater River State Forest is known for its longleaf pine/wiregrass ecosystem, which, in combination with the Conecuh National Forest to the north and Eglin Air Force Base to the south, is the largest contiguous ecological community of this type in the world. Longleaf pines once covered over 60 million acres in the Southeastern Coastal Plains of the United States. Less than 5 percent of the original acreage now remains. Longleaf pine communities are rich in plant and animal life, including many species classified as endangered, threatened or of special concern.
The forest lies on the southern tip of sandy, red clay soil deposited over West Florida. Erosion shaped the land's surface into low rolling hills separated by winding water courses and broad floodplains. Elevations within the forest range from 10 feet to 290 feet above sea level. The changes in soil composition and the varying degree of moisture present in the forest support at least five principal types of plant communities: longleaf pine/scrub oak, slash pine, swamp hardwood, loblolly pine/hardwood, and Atlantic white cedar.
Throughout the northern ranges of the forest where soil types retain more moisture, you will find trees such as longleaf pine, southern red oak, water oak and dogwood. In the southern ranges of the forest where soil types are coarse with little capacity to hold water, you will find longleaf pine, turkey oak, post oak, bluejack oak and persimmon. Wiregrass, gallberry, yaupon, wax myrtle and blueberry are common understory species. Bottomlands support such species as water oak, sweetbay, redbay, titi, American holly, Atlantic white cedar and southern magnolia.
Within the forest, pitcher plant bogs are unique areas containing a diversity of carnivorous plants that lure, trap and then digest insects. The carnivorous plants of the forest include glistening sundews, butterworts, bladderworts, and four species of pitcher plants. Pitcher plants trap insects in their erect, trumpet-shaped leaves. The leaves' slippery walls, covered in an array of downward-pointing hairs, prevent the insects from escaping. The insects fall to the bottom of the pitcher, into a deadly bath of rainwater and digestive enzymes.
Through sound multiple-use management practices, the Florida Forest Service maintains a proper balance between resource utilization and resource protection. The forest is managed for timber, watershed protection, wildlife habitat, endangered and threatened species, and recreation.
The prescribed burn program on Blackwater River State Forest enhances the habitat of native fauna and flora by controlling the hardwoods and underbrush that can replace the variety of fragile species living in the forest. Controlled burning allows for the maintenance of the largest remaining fragment of the longleaf pine/wiregrass ecosystem in the world.
Timber management practices in Blackwater River State Forest are important in the restoration and maintenance of forest ecosystems and provide a variety of socio-economic benefits to Floridians. Thousands of acres of slash pine plantations are being converted back to longleaf pine, which historically dominated Blackwater River State Forest's sandy soils. Harvesting activities follow Silviculture Best Management Practices (BMPs).
Shake well before using. Add 5 ml (1 tsp) per 10 gallons of aquarium water every week and after every water change. For breeding, or when using very hard water use 10 ml (2 tsp) per 10 gallons of aquarium water every week. KENT Marine Black Water Expert will turn aquarium water a yellow or light brownish color. It is recommended to suspend carbon and resin filtration during use, as they may reduce product benefits. Designed to use in aquariums with live plants. When using live plants use KENT Marine Pro-Plant and KENT Marine Iron & Manganese to provide the additional minerals and fertilizers live plants require. KENT Marine Black Water Expert should be used simultaneously with KENT Marine Discus Essential to provide needed trace minerals to freshwater aquariums.
Blackwater Regional Library has several options for free e-Books/e-Audiobooks and digital magazines. All free with your BRL library card and library pin! (NB: Pin number is four-digit birth year (YYYY))
OVERDRIVE is provided to BRL patrons through Southern Virginia Libraries United Electronically (SOVALUe), a multi-library system consortium which provides more of the content you want when you want it! You will be able to download and read eBooks for free on your PC, Mac computer, tablet, or your dedicated eBook reading device (including Nook, Kindle, and many others). Depending on the title you will also be able to download and listen to audiobooks on your computer or on your portable music device. View the get started guide for Overdrive and the Libby app.
The Blackwater Creek Nature Preserve was acquired from 1997 through 2003 by Hillsborough County through the Jan K. Platt Environmental Lands Acquisition and Protection Program (ELAPP) and Florida Communities Trust (FCT). This 2,200 acre preserve includes some of the finest remaining examples of long leaf pine dominated mesic pine flatwoods and blackwater streams, interspersed with hardwood hammocks, cypress domes, freshwater marshes, and wet prairies.
Wastewater can be classified into two categories: blackwater and greywater. Although they are both wastewaters, they have different levels of contamination, which is why they must be treated differently. Both varieties can be recycled through treatment systems and are often reused for irrigation and cleaning.
Blackwater: is the wastewater from bathrooms and toilets that contains faecal matter and urine. Water from kitchens and dishwashers are also considered blackwater due to the contamination by pathogens and grease (Department of Industry, Science, Energy and Resources 2013, Your Home, Australian Government, Canberra). It is also referred to as sewage or brown water and can carry disease and bacteria, both of which could be harmful.
How to treat greywater: it can be reused in gardens with little or no treatment through a subsurface irrigation system to evenly spread water around in the garden. This method is safer for untreated greywater; however all treatment recommendations depend on the condition of the greywater.
Greywater offers an economical water source for those who do not have access to mains or are unable to collect enough rainwater for indoor use. By reusing treated greywater for toilet flushing you can save approximately 50L of potable water in an average household every day (Department of Industry, Science, Energy and Resources 2013, Your Home, Australian Government, Canberra).
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