By Greg Hagan, UERP Coordinator
The Upland Ecosystem Restoration Project (UERP) continues to implement on-the-ground management to improve habitat conditions for northern bobwhites and other fire-dependent wildlife species on public lands throughout Florida. To that end, UERP has successfully engaged the State’s three primary land management agencies (FL Division of Forestry, FL Fish and Wildlife Conservation Commission and The Department of Environmental Protection), as well as other publicly-owned lands to address conservation threats (i.e. incompatible fire regime) and changing management philosophy towards increasing populations of declining fire-dependent species.
Increased land management activities have begun on nine focal properties, representing approximately 85,000 acres. Land management techniques consist of increased fire frequency, appropriate scale and season of fire, timber management, and mechanical treatments to enhance grassland communities and the species dependent upon them. In addition, we are excited to provide exceptional recreation for the public in the near future.
Three Lakes Wildlife Management Area (Osceola County, FL) before (top) and after 18 months of roller chopping and prescribed fire.