University of Florida Conservation Areas Land Management Plan
Trillium Slope (Golf Course Woods)
Trillium Slope (Golf Course Woods) is a 4.9-acre Conservation Area named after a plant that is
found in these woods and is considered rare in Florida. In fact, its location in these woods is
thought to be the southern most extent of its range (it is also found in Hogtown Creek Woods).
These woods are located on the northwest corner of the University Golf Course and border SW
34th Street. This area is made up of an upland mixed forest community with moderate slope
edging down into the Hogtown Creek floodplain. In the 2000-2010 Campus Master Plan this area
was designated as Active Recreation, since it is located on University Athletic Association property
on the University Golf Club course. Based on recommendations made by the Conservation Study
Committee this area was recommended for inclusion as a campus Conservation Area.
Natural Areas Inventory
This wooded Conservation Area is located in the Hogtown Creek Basin, near the base of the
drainage basin. A small intermittent stream flows through the woods and drains into a culvert
that runs across S.W. 34th Street and ultimately discharges into Sugarfoot Prairie and Haile Sink.
This stream appears to be the result of seepage from the surrounding higher elevations in the
woods and adjoining golf course. Also, a retention pond just north of the site releases into the
Bottomland forest at base of slope.
The Trilium Slope woods are comprised primarily of a mesic / upland-mixed hardwood forest
with a small area of bottomland forest running through it. Due to the relatively small size of the
property, biodiversity is limited by substantial edge effects. 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. Since these systems
are mature hardwood dominated, future management of this Conservation Area will be focused
on invasive plant removal.
The tree canopy of these woods is made up of pignut hickory, sweetgum, Florida elm, hackberry,
winged elm, black cherry, southern magnolia, red maple, devil's walking stick, and redbud.
Invasive Non-Native Plant Species
An inventory has not been completed for this area, but based on a few visits the need to control
cats claw and air potato vines is quite evident.
Animals typically found in mesic harwood 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, cotton mouse, gray fox, and white-tailed deer, feral cats, raccoons, gray squirrels and
armadillos. At present, an inventory on mammals, herps, and birds is not planned for this area.
Upland hardwood forest.
In general, Mesic upland mixed hardwood 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 Soil Survey of Alachua
Arredondo Fine Sand (0-5% slope)
This nearly level to gently sloping, well-drained soil is in both small and large areas of uplands.
Slopes are smooth to complex. Typically, the surface layer is dark grayish brown fine sand about
8 inches thick. The subsurface layer is fine sand to a depth of 49 inches.
This nearly level, poorly drained soil is typically found in a flatwoods ecosystem. Typically, the
surface layer is sand about 7 inches thick. The upper 4 inches is very dark grey. The subsurface
layer is sand about 22 inches thick. Some mapped areas of this soil along the Hogtown Creek and
its tributaries are occasionally flooded.
Cultural and Passive Recreational Resources
There are no cultural or passive recreational resources within the Trillium Slope Conservation
Area. However, this site is within the Golf Course's property and as such typical golf amenities
are located nearby.
Trillium Slope was placed in Conservation to protect a small area of trillium that is at the
southern most extent of this plant's natural range. As such, this forested area will be managed as
a Nature Preserve with no public access. Future improvements that have been identified are
management of invasive exotic plant species and native vines that may harm the long-term
viability of the trillium. Additionally, it is recommended that trash along 34th Street be cleaned
up and that trillium seeds are collected to plant elsewhere on campus.
Maps on the following pages:
1. Aerial Photo
2. Water Resources
3. Natural Communities
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