This is an amazing time of the year in Franklin County. The trees are leafing out and flowers are blooming everywhere. We have songbirds migrating through and shorebirds starting to settle down for another summer of rearing their raucous brood.
The days are warm, but nights are just cool enough to have the windows open and enjoy the breeze all night long. This is the time of year to get out and enjoy the natural world around us! Most residents of Franklin County (not just the winged and four-legged furry types) are here because of the natural beauty that surrounds us and the resources that the bay and river system provide. Generations ago, this special place was so highly valued that much of the land surrounding Apalachicola Bay and River is now state or federally-owned. Conservation and protection are the foremost goals of land management, but recreation is an important component as well.
People need to experience nature before they have an appreciation for all that it provides. They need to appreciate the resources here to in turn become stewards of these protected areas. Here at the Reserve we are developing a “Roadmap to Recreation” together with other local managing agencies. This guide will highlight recreational opportunities in and around Apalachicola Bay that are low-impact and sustainable. Whether you are interested in hunting, fishing, birding, kayaking or camping, there are many areas to explore throughout the area. Maybe this spring you’ll discover something new.