Vernon


Echinacea purpurea

Echinacea purpurea
Class: 
Dicotyledons
Family: 
Asteraceae
Scientific Name: 

Echinacea purpurea

Common Name: 
Purple Coneflower
GRANK: 
G4
SRANK: 
S2

Cirsium muticum

Class: 
Dicotyledons
Family: 
Asteraceae
Scientific Name: 

Cirsium muticum

Common Name: 
Swamp Thistle
GRANK: 
G5
SRANK: 
SU

Asclepias rubra

Asclepias rubra
Asclepias rubra
Class: 
Dicotyledons
Family: 
Asclepiadaceae
Scientific Name: 

Asclepias rubra

Common Name: 
Red Milkweed
GRANK: 
G4G5
SRANK: 
S3

Amsonia ludoviciana

Amsonia ludoviciana
Amsonia ludoviciana
Amsonia ludoviciana
Class: 
Dicotyledons
Family: 
Apocynaceae
Scientific Name: 

Amsonia ludoviciana

Common Name: 
Louisiana Blue Star
GRANK: 
G3
SRANK: 
S3

Ilex amelanchier

Ilex amelanchier
Class: 
Dicotyledons
Family: 
Aquifoliaceae
Scientific Name: 

Ilex amelanchier

Common Name: 
Sarvis Holly
GRANK: 
G4
SRANK: 
S2

Taenidia integerrima

Taenidia integerrima
Taenidia integerrima
Taenidia integerrima
Class: 
Dicotyledons
Family: 
Apiaceae
Scientific Name: 

Taenidia integerrima

Common Name: 
Yellow Pimpernell
GRANK: 
G5
SRANK: 
S2

Selaginella arenicola ssp. riddellii

Selaginella arenicola ssp. riddellii
Selaginella arenicola ssp. riddellii
Class: 
Ferns and Fern Allies
Family: 
Selaginellaceae
Scientific Name: 

Selaginella arenicola ssp. riddellii

Common Name: 
Riddell's Spike Moss
GRANK: 
G4T4
SRANK: 
S3

Vernon Lake

Acreage: 
3,386 Acres

Peason Ridge WMA

Acreage

74,309

Contact

wsmith@wlf.la.gov; 337-491-2575; 1213 North Lakeshore Dr, Lake Charles, LA 70601

Parish

Sabine, Natchitoches, Vernon

Owner/manager

U.S. Army

Description

The terrain on Peason Ridge WMA consists of gentle to high rolling hills interspersed with creeks. Longleaf pine is dominant on some of the hills while a mixture of loblolly and longleaf pine and red, blackjack, and post oak is found on other ridges. Some portions of the area support mixed pine stands of longleaf, loblolly, and shortleaf. Groves of sandjack oak are also present. Large areas with little or no timber are common. The understory of these upland areas is very sparse and contains wax myrtle, yaupon, sweetgum, dogwood, huckleberry, sumac, and seedlings of the overstory. The overstory on the creek bottoms includes water oak, beech, magnolia, sweetgum, red maple, and ash. Understory species include dogwood, buttonbush, French mulberry, wild azalea, hazel alder, hawthorn, red and white bay, black gum, viburnum, and seedlings of the overstory.

Activities and Amenities

Hunting and trapping: Available game species include deer, squirrel, rabbit, quail, woodcock, dove, and turkey. There is also a youth turkey lottery hunt. Trapping is allowed for raccoon, fox, bobcat, skunk, opossum, mink, and coyote. All hunters and trappers must obtain an annual permit from the U.S. Army. See regulations for details.

Camping: Camping is not permitted on Peason Ridge WMA but is allowed on adjacent U.S. Forest Service lands.

Directions

Peason Ridge WMA is located 14 miles north of Leesville. You must have a self-clearing permit to access the WMA. Click here for more details.

Fort Polk WMA

Acreage

105,545

Contact

wsmith@wlf.la.gov; 337-491-2575; 1213 North Lakeshore Dr, Lake Charles, LA, 70601

Parish

Vernon

Owner/manager

U.S. Army, U.S. Forest Service

Description

Fort Polk-Vernon WMA is a military training facility. The area has many all-weather roads, which make all portions accessible for recreational use when it is open.

The WMA’s terrain is primarily rolling hills interspersed with flats. There are several fairly large stream bottoms in addition to numerous small creeks. Longleaf pine dominates about 70 percent of the area. Blackjack, sandjack, and red and post oaks are scattered throughout the pines. The understory is very sparse and is composed of wax myrtle, dogwood, huckleberry, yaupon, French mulberry, and seedlings of the overstory.

The creek bottom overstory consists of willow, water, and cow oak; beech; sweetgum; blackgum; and magnolia. The understory contains seedlings of the overstory as well as red and white bay, sweetleaf, ironweed, fetterbush, wild azalea, gallberry, deciduous holly, and viburnums. The area also has bog communities with unusual plant forms such as Venus fly trap, sundew, pitcher plant, and sphagnum moss.

Managers plant approximately 110 acres of wildlife openings in the area each year with browntop millet, sunflower, sorghum, cowpea, and winter wheat.

Activities and Amenities

Hunting and trapping: Game species available for hunting include deer, squirrel, quail, woodcock, dove, rabbit, and turkey. There is a youth turkey lottery hunt. Trapping is allowed for raccoon, fox, bobcat, skunk, opossum, beaver, mink, and coyote. All hunters and trappers must obtain an annual permit from the U.S. Army. See regulations for details.

Birding and wildlife viewing: There are numerous species of birds on Fort Polk-Vernon WMA, including the endangered red-cockaded woodpecker.

Camping: Camping is not permitted on Fort Polk-Vernon WMA, but there are camping areas available on nearby U.S. Forest Service lands.

Directions

Fort Polk-Vernon WMA is located 10 miles southeast of Leesville, just east of U.S. Hwy 171, 1 mile south of LA Hwy 28, and 1 mile north of LA Hwy 10. You must have a self-clearing permit to access this WMA.

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