Far Field Nature Preserve

Volunteers helped remove invasive buckthorn from Far Field on National Service Day in January

Named for its “far” distance from the home of Steve and Mary Smith, Far Field is a 12-acre field that hasn’t seen oak trees or wildflowers for generations. BACT executive director Lisa Woolford researched the property using pre-settlement survey data, discovered this valuable buffer zone to Spring Creek had once been an oak savanna, and recommended steps to restore the site to its native glory. Restoration work began at the end of 2014. “It will remain a peaceful place for people to drive past and to traverse on horseback,” says Mary Smith, thinking of how the beautiful savanna will further enhance the community she treasures.