The most extensive natural communities on Caravelle
are pine flatwoods, floodplain swamp and bottomland forests, and
improved pasture. Aerial photos from the 1940s indicate that
flatwoods on both the east and the west sides of SR 19 were
sparsely populated with slash pine interspersed with numerous small
(less than 5 acres) bayhead and cypress swamps.
Previous owners cleared and ditched portions of
Caravelle in the early 1970s to create improved pastures for cattle
grazing. Today managers are using various methods to restore
portions of these pastures to more natural communities by planting
longleaf pine and by removing bahia and other exotic grasses.
Prescribed fire is a critical component to restoration. Portions of
disturbed pasture sites are used as dove fields, food plots, and