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Group Title: Conservation area land management (CALM) plans
Title: DASH course
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Title: DASH course
Series Title: Conservation area land management (CALM) plans
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Language: English
Creator: Facilities Construction & Planning, University of Florida
Publisher: Facilities Construction & Planning, University of Florida
Place of Publication: Gainesville, Fla.
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Volume ID: VID00006
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University of Florida Conservation Areas Land Management Plan
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Introduction


The DASH Course is a 3.3 acre Conservation Area located on Village Drive and SW 2nd Avenue.
In the 1980s this area was designed for use as a passive recreation, exercise area for people with
disabilities. While some of these facilities are still present (paved trails, pavilion and some work out
stations), the facility has not been maintained sufficiently to be used for this purpose any longer.
Additionally, since the time of its inception, other facilities for people with disabilities have been placed
in the student fitness centers. This site contains a disturbed, upland mixed forest that lost pine trees
during the Pine Beetle outbreak in 2003, which opened it up to invasive plant species. Mapping from
the 2000-2010 Campus Master Plan inconsistently showed this area as upland preservation, with an
underlying land use of Passive Recreation. These inconsistencies are corrected in the 2005-2010
Comprehensive Master Plan that designates the DASH Course as a Conservation Area, with the
appropriate land use of Conservation.

Natural Areas Inventory

Water Resources
DASH Course Woods does not contain any permanent water features, but does provide some water
resource protection, through recharge to the surficial aquifer and stormwater abatement. These
woods are upstream of Lake Alice and, therefore, provide the lake some resource protection by
being maintained in their undeveloped state.

Stormwater is a dominant watershed issue within the Lake Alice watershed. The current stormwater
permit with the St. Johns River Water Management District does not require additional stormwater
treatment for new impervious surfaces until a threshold is tripped (refer to CALM introduction),
however campus staff are looking for ways to incorporate new technologies into sites that will retain
and percolate water. In this light, the southwestern corner of the property could be potential location
for a rain garden retention area to treat upstream runoff before it enters Lake Alice.

Natural Communities
DASH Course Woods is comprised primarily of a mesic / upland-mixed forest. Upland mixed
forests are characterized as well-developed, closed-canopy forests of upland hardwoods on rolling
hills. Upland mixed forests often have limestone or phosphatic rock near the surface and
occasionally as outcrops. Soils are generally sandy-clays or clayey sands with substantial organic
and often calcareous components. In larger, less strenuous conditions, mesic forests typically support
significant wildlife and plant diversity, which result from the nutrient rich nature of hardwood
forests and flowering and fruiting plants.

Plant Species
The canopy in this area is comprised of pignut hickory, winged elm, sweet gum, loblolly pine, laurel
oak, cabbage palm, slash pine and maple. The understory is relatively undisturbed and contains
populations of mint (Collinsonia serotina Walt.) and the vine { Smilax hugeri (Small) Norton ex
Pennell}. Neither of these species is listed as endangered or threatened by state or federal
environmental agencies, but they are considered rare by many botanists. At present, an inventory of
plants on site is not contemplated.


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Invasive non-native plant species
Future management of the site will need to address invasive plant management. The following
invasive non-native plants have been documented on site: air potato vine, cats claw vine, coral
ardisia, Glossy Privet, Loquat, English Ivy.

Animal Species
DASH Course Woods is small in size, which limits the amount of habitat for terrestrial species.
Animals typically found in mesic hardwood systems, but which have not been documented on the
property, include: slimy salamander, Cope's gray treefrog, bronze frog, box turtle, eastern glass
lizard, green anole, broadhead skink, ground skink, red-bellied snake, gray rat snake, rough green
snake, coral snake, woodcock, barred owl, pileated woodpecker, shrews, eastern mole, wood rat,
raccoon, armadillo, gray squirrel, cotton mouse, gray fox, and white-tailed deer. At present, an
inventory on mammals, herps, and birds is not contemplated for this area.


Sweetgum and Loblolly Pine in DASH Course Woods


Soils Inventory
In general, mesic upland mixed forests occur on rolling hills that often have limestone or phosphatic
rock near the surface and occasionally as outcrops. Soils are generally sandy-clays or clayey sands
with substantial organic and often calcareous components. The topography and clayey soils increase
surface water runoff, although this is counterbalanced by the moisture retention properties of clays
and by the often thick layer of leaf mulch which helps conserve soil moisture and create decidedly
mesic conditions (FNAI).

The following soil information for on-site soils was gathered from the Soil Survey of Alachua
County (1985).


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Millhopper Urban Land Complex (0-5% slope)
This nearly level to gently sloping, moderately well drained soil is in small and large irregularly
shaped areas on uplands and slightly rolling knolls in the broad flatwoods. Typically, the surface
layer is dark grayish brown sand about 9 inches thick. The subsurface layer is sand or fine sand
about 49 inches thick.

Cultural and Recreational Resources
DASH Course Woods functions as forested green space at the northwest corer of campus. The
woods are bisected with unmarked footpaths and trails that are used by walkers and mountain bikers.
As mentioned previously, there is a pavilion that in the center that can be used as a picnic area.

There is a known archeological site with these woods.

Future Improvements

DASH Course Wood's physical attribute of being an upland forest along with its existing
recreational features strongly point towards a Nature Park orientation. Land management activities
should include enhancing existing footpaths, planting of trees to increase the forest canopy where
pine beetle and hurricanes have opened it up and to manage air-potato vine and other invasive plants.
Additionally, habitat enhancements like bird and bat boxes and wildlife friendly plantings should be
considered for this site.


Maps on the following pages:
1. Aerial Photo
2. Water Resources
3. Natural Communities
4. Soils


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