Photo Archive: Prescribed Fire in Ecosystems of Florida

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Fig.1. Hardwood invasion in native slash pine (Pinus elliottii) lands leads to fuel accumulation, increased wildfire danger and possible replacement of commercially and ecologically valuable pines. Photo: Pat Toops, Everglades National Park.

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Fig.2. Prescribed burn to reduce palmetto (Serenoa repens) understory fuels under slash pine canopy. Photo: Everglades National Park.

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Fig.3. Aerial view of prescribed burning operations in slash pine. Photo: Everglades National Park.

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Fig.4. This open slash pine stand in Greenwood plantation (Georgia) was regularly prescribed burned for reduction of surface fuel loads. The danger of damaging wildfire (stand-replacement fire) in such open forest is very low. Photo: J.Goldammer.

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Fig.5. This open pine stand created by regular prescribed fire provides habitats for valuable game species, e.g. the bobwhite quail (Colinus virginianus), and endangered plants (see Fig.6). Photo: Roy Komarek, Tall Timbers Research Station.

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Fig.6. Typical fire-following orchids: Yellow fringeless orchid (Habenaria integra) on the left, and Yellow fringed orchid (Habenaria ciliaris) on the right. Photo: Roy Komarek, Tall Timbers Research Station.

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Fig.7. Exclusion of fire on small patches allows the regeneration of young pine groups. These provide shelter for game species such as the wild turkey. Photo: J.Goldammer.

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Fig.8. One of the objectives of prescribed burning in sawgrass (Cladium jamaicensis) in the Everglades National Park is to reduce invasion of woody elements and to maintain typical marsh habitats. Photo: Everglades National Park.

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Fg.9. Spot fires in Everglades National Park by Aerial Ignition Device (AID) from helicopter. Photo: Everglades National Park.

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Fig.10. No prescribed burning program without risk: The Everglades ecosystems are aggressively invaded by fire-tolerant exotics. This photo shows the paperbark tree Melaleuca quinquenervia which is fire resistant and spreads after a fire. Photo: Everglades National Park.

Some literature references on prescribed burning in ecosystems of the Southeast of the USA: 

Wade, D., J.Ewel, and R.Hofstetter 1980. Fire in South Florida ecosystems. USDA For. Serv. Gen. Tech. Rep. SE-17, Asheville, 125 p.

Wade, D.D. 1983. Fire management in the Slash pine ecosystem. In: The managed Slash pine ecosystem, Symp. Proc., 203-227, 290-294. Univ. Florida, Sch. Nat. Res., Gainesville.

Wade, D.D., and J.D.Lansford. 1989. A guide for prescribed fire in southern forests. USDA For. Serv., Southern Region Tech. Publ. R8-TP11, 56 p.

More literature can be found in the proceedings of the Annual Tall Timbers Fire Ecology Conferences.


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