Dixon Memorial State Forest

Bo Chesser, Forest Supervisor: 912-287-4915 or bchesser@gfc.state.ga.us

The Dixon Memorial Forest is the largest tract owned and managed by the Georgia Forestry Commission at approximately 35,000 acres. This unique property, positioned on the northwest side of the Okefenokee National Wildlife Refuge, is comprised of about one half wetland type ecosystems and the other half upland forest types. The stewardship management plan has provisions for timber production as well as providing for longer rotations with multiple thinnings and prescribed fire to benefit wildlife. Dixon Memorial Forest is also heavily used for research and educational purposes.

The forest is managed as a Wildlife Management Area (WMA) by the Georgia Department of Natural Resources Wildlife Resources Division (DNR-WRD) and is one of the largest WMA's in the state. Approximately 170 acres of food plots, 55 acres of natural openings, 250 Wood Duck boxes, and 45 acres in MARSH waterfowl impoundment are maintained for wildlife. The WMA is open to the public from August 15 through May 15 for game hunts. Game species include white-tailed deer, black bear, dove, turkey, and small game.

The GFC and DNR-WRD have cooperated to construct a new gun range located on Crews Boulevard off Hwy 177 near the Swamp Park entrance.

The forest is the location for several university and cooperative forestry research projects including:

  • Acid rain/fertilization
  • Palmetto production
  • J-root planting
  • Genetic crosses of pine species
  • Thinning management
  • Pine oleoresin production
  • Biomass regimes that allow for traditional products

The Herty Building at Dixon Memorial Forest can be reserved for natural resource educational programs or other events. Please contact the Forest Supervisor for availability and reservations.

Other recreational opportunities at the forest include a 250 acre 18 hole golf course. Nearby Laura Walker State Park has camping and boating facilities.


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