Linwood Nature Preserve
In partnership with Gainesville Parks and Recreation, Redbud Project volunteers have developed the 30-acre tract off Thompson Bridge on Lake Lanier for public recreation in the amazing ecosystem of native trees, shrubs, vines, wildflowers, and non-flowering flora for those people who experience a growing phenomenon called "nature deficit disorder".
While sustaining the natural features of the preserve, trails wind through nature for two-and-a-half miles around plant communities, geologic features, and wetlands. To model environmental conservation, the preserve features a rain garden to control stormwater runoff, permeable paving for erosion control, rehabilitated wetlands to abate pollutants and silt into Lake Lanier. An abandoned building has been converted into a field laboratory, classroom, and headquarters of the Redbud Project. A display garden of native plants that resist ozone damage from climate change. surround the building.
Management of invasive species such as privet, kudzu, and other exotics is an on-going battle. Redbud volunteers wage war by committing untold hours to remove invasive species that strangle the growth of native species .