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The 330 acres designated as Thompson Mills Forest were deeded to the University of Georgia in 1980 by Lenox T. Thornton, of Braselton, Georgia. The forest was named in honor of the Thompson Mills community, a prominent agricultural center at the turn of the century. Mr. Thornton donated the land to:

* provide teaching and research opportunities to the students and researchers in dendrology, ecology, silviculture and forest biology.

* establish an arboretum of native and exotic trees

* provide Georgia citizens and visitors an opportunity to study and enjoy the abundant plants of the refion

Through the efforts of Dr. Claud Brown, founder of the Thompson Mills Forest, the Georgia State Legislature designated Thompson Mills as the State's official arboretum in 1991.

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THOMPSON MILLS FOREST & ARBORETUM SPECIES ESTABLISHMENT AND SURVIVAL INFORMATION (ANGIOSPERMS) - pdf

THOMPSON MILLS FOREST & ARBORETUM SPECIES ESTABLISHMENT AND SURVIVAL INFORMATION (GYMNOSPERMS) - pdf

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Features

The Eva Thompson Thornton Memorial Garden

The Eva Thompson Thornton Memorial Garden lies at the entrance to the Forest. It is named in memory of Lenox T. Thornton's mother, who encouraged his appreciation of trees and nature. The garden includes more than 100 species of native and ornamental trees. The Eva Thompson Thornton Garden brochure introduces visitors to several of the garden's interesting plants.



Lenox Thompson Thornton
Lenox Thompson Thornton
Eva Thompson Thornton
Eva Thompson Thornton

Dr. Claud
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Native Tree Collection
Since 1980 more than 100 species have been added to the 80 native species already present in the forest. Currently the collection includes 90 percent of the native trees of Georgia. Click here for the native tree trail walk.
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Pinetum
The pinetum has one of the most varied and valuable collections of gymnosperms in North America. It includes all the native conifers of Georgia and more than 100 species of gymnosperms from 27 countries. The collection is valuable for students and researchers in fields franging from dendrology to tissue culture and ecology.




Granite Outcrop
The 8 acre granite outcrop occupies one of the forest's ridge tops. The outcrop supports a host of unique and interesting plants including several rare and threatened plants.







Trails
Several miles of pedestrian only trails provide easy walking and access to the Native Tree Collection and the Pinetum. Plant lists are available for the trails and arboretum

Programs and Activities
Thompson Mills Forest hosts FFA. (Future Farmers of America) and 4-H dendrology teams from many Georgia counties.

Bill LottForest Manager Bill Lott participates in other FFA activities both on and off the Forest including Soil Judging, Natural Resources Management, and the State Forestry Field Day, Macon, Ga.

Other groups visiting the forest include Forest dendrology classes, Cooperative Extension Service groups, church groups, and public school classes.

conclusionThe Thompson Mills Forest and State Arboretum is a valuable asset to the Warnell School of Forest Resources. Its natural diversity, existing plant collections, and interpretive programs provide educational opportunities for a wide variety of visitors.

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For more information about the Thompson Mills Forest, contact
Dan Williams (706) 542-1571 or
Bill Lott - Forest Manager (706) 654-2666

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Last Updated: Tuesday, February 11, 2003

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