The NWTF continued its support of The Nature Conservancy’s Central Florida Ecosystem Support Team efforts across Polk, Osceola and Highland counties.
Partners plan and conduct prescribed burning on 3,500 to 10,000 acres of fire dependent upland habitat annually and install and maintain firelines in support of the prescribed burning. Mechanical treatments, such as mowing, are used to reduce undesireable or invaisve vegetation.
The projects benefit countless species beyond wild turkeys. Nothern bobwhite quail, Sherman's fox squirrel, red-cockaded woodpecker, gopher tortoise, Florida scrub jay and eastern indigo snale also see improved habitat thanks to the efforts of The Nature Conservancy, Florida Fish and Wildlife Commission, Florida Forest Service, South Florida Water Management District, Florida Park Service, Avon Park Air Force Range, and U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service.