Restoring Fire-Dependent Ecosystems in Upland Florida 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 Upland Ecosystem Restoration Project conducted prescribed burns on more than 10,000 acres of private land. 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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