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Fire Line Presparation and Fuel Reduction at Kissimmee Prairie Preserve State Park
Jennifer Benson-Hughes , Florida Deparment of Environmental Protection
Abstract: This is a critical time for the survival of the FGSP as a species. It is essential to give the birds as much quality habitat as possible. Therefore, doing all that can be done to keep the “high quality dry prairie” on the short 2 year fire rotation is paramount, while at the same time bringing as much as possible of the remainder of the habitat into this same fire frequency. Currently there are 33 management zones totaling 47,966 acres on a 1-2 year rotation and 5 zones, approximately 5,771 acres, on a 2+ interval. There is a need to maintain these 33 zones and bring the remaining 5 zones into a 1-2 year fire rotation. In order to meet the shorter fire rotation need, an additional staff member will be required. This will allow for better preparation for prescribed fires and to take advantage of natural fire lightning strikes when permissible.
Award Matching Funds Total
$63,262.00 $34,065.00 $97,327.00
Year Funded Starting Date Ending Date
2016 10/1/2017 3/31/2019

Location: Okeechobee

Final report