About 30 Friends members and visitors enjoyed an afternoon of meandering around the Vista property and taking photos.
We met at the River Trail parking area. Friends president Debbie Meeks presented an brief overview of the history of the property and of future plans for it.
Friends member Bob McKinstry, whose father was the Land and Timber Manager for the Cummer Company, answered questions about Vista's history. Bob was there many times as a boy.
Deputy Refuge Manager John Stark welcomed the group to the Refuge and mentioned that there was a tree planting operation ongoing on a nearby section of the Refuge as we met to walk at Vista.
The group spent a couple of hours of gorgeous Friday afternoon sunshine walking and exploring.
Photos will be highlighted soon in the Photo Gallery on the Wildlife page of this website. A sneak peek is below.
History and Characteristics of the Vista Site
It is the intent of the Friends and Refuge to eventually use this property and the historic buildings to develop publicly accessible displays that explore and interpret: