Restoring Fire-Dependent Ecosystems on the Lake Wales Ridge by Association of Fish and Wildlife Agencies

Florida’s wildlife action plan identifies prescribed burns as a priority because the decrease in natural fires imperils many plants and animals that depend on periodic fires for their reproduction, growth, and survival.

Florida’s Wildlife Legacy Initiative helps land mangers meet prescribed burning goals by supporting two fire-based efforts. The Lake Wales Ridge Prescribed Fire Strike Team conducted prescribed burns on 17,600 acres on 24 natural areas. This proactive approach to conservation helps Florida prevent catastrophic wildfires that threaten habitat as well as homes and helps fulfill its responsibility to pass on these vital natural places to future generations.

 

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