2277 Martha Berry Hwy NW, Mt Berry, GA 30149
COVID-19 Update: The Berry College campus will reopen to the public beginning Sunday, May 9, 2021 until further notice. Hours are 6 a.m. to 7 p.m. and the campus is accessible for outdoor recreation use only; there is no public access to buildings.
This project seeks to re-establish a fire-maintained Mountain Longleaf ecosystem on Lavender Mountain, just north of Rome, GA. The mountain is part of the Berry College campus, and is home to one of the few remaining relict stands of Mountain Longleaf Pine. Aside from conservation of biodiversity, two main reasons argue for the restoration of the longleaf pine ecosystem. First, in comparison with other pines, Longleaf Pines are less susceptible to regional diseases and pests, including the Southern Pine Beetle. Second, healthy stands must be maintained by frequent controlled (prescribed) burns, which reduces the likelihood of devastating wildfires in managed areas.
In addition to re-establishing the longleaf ecosystem on the Berry College campus, our project seeks to involve students and other community members actively in the conservation process, and to educate the public on the advantages of Longleaf Pines and proper fire management.
The Longleaf Pine trail is located on the road leading up to the Old Mill. Ask for a map at the Welcome Center entry gate.