Prescribed Fire at UNF

Information about Prescribed Fire at UNF

Published on January 2, 2008

Author: Lassie

Source: authorstream.com

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Prescribed Fire at the University of North Florida:  Prescribed Fire at the University of North Florida Campus Safety and Ecological Health Prepared by the UNF Nature Trails Office (904) 620-1810 www.unf.edu/recsports/nature Photo From UNF Prescribed Burn January 16th, 2003 Florida Facts:  Florida Facts Lightning capital of the WORLD Historically fires burned for hundreds of miles from Louisiana to Florida to South Carolina Native Americans and Cattlemen burned the woods until the early 1900’s Smokey Bear and Bambi changed our view of fire into strong fear For the last 50 to 70 years forests have accumulated dry fuel Only in the past 20 years have land management agencies realized the importance of fire Fire Dependent Ecosystems Prescribed Burning Decreases Wildfire Danger:  Prescribed Burning Decreases Wildfire Danger By the controlled application of fire we burn off dry pine needles and dead plants Fire Breaks keep fire where we want it Burning techniques allow a fast, hot fire or a slow, cool fire Fire Break at UNF Prescribed Burning Increases Forest Health:  Prescribed Burning Increases Forest Health Opens up the forest floor for new growth Food source for many including Deer, Turkey and Gopher Tortoises Restores the natural cycle and encourages reproduction of many Florida plants and animals Keeps diseases in check Controls pest species like ticks and chiggers Florida’s Fire Dependent Ecosystems:  Florida’s Fire Dependent Ecosystems Fire Maintained: Sandhill Mesic and Xeric Flatwoods Wetland Edge Scrub Mesic and Xeric Prairie Cypress Domes Depression Swamps Present at UNF: Sandhill Mesic and Xeric Flatwoods Wetland Edge Depression Swamp Smoke Management:  Smoke Management UNF is in an urban environment Smoke Management is our largest concern Smoke is directed over UNF (NW of burn areas) Employees and students with smoke-related health concerns should stay indoors as much as possible While inconvenient, fire is essential to reduce the chances of a wildfire at UNF General Smoke Direction for Prescribed Burning at UNF: South and West Winds Fire Weather:  Fire Weather The Florida Department of Agriculture and Consumer Services, Division of Forestry performs prescribed burns on campus A Prescribed Burn Plan is required The decision to burn is made the day before when weather conditions are perfect Key personnel are notified ASAP Signs are placed along roadsides The UNF community is notified through Campus and Student Update Fire Behavior:  Fire Behavior Fire in Florida should be low to the ground and fast moving When fuels build up, the chances a fire could jump into the tree tops increases A regular burn program is the only way to keep our campus forests healthy and campus safe Bad Fire ! ! ! Good Fire ! ! ! Fuel Loads at UNF:  Fuel Loads at UNF Low Moderate High More Information:  More Information Florida Division of Forestry Florida Division of Forestry 3125 Conner Boulevard Tallahassee, Florida 32399-1650 Phone: 850 488-4274 Email: [email protected] Website: www.fl-dof.com The Nature Conservancy 222 S. Westmonte Drive Suite 300 Altamonte Springs, FL 32714 Phone: (407) 682-3664 E-mail: [email protected] Website: http://nature.org/wherewework/northamerica/states/florida/ St. Johns River Water Management District Division of Land Management 4049 Reid Street P.O. Box 1429 Palatka, FL 32178-1429 Phone (386) 329-4404 Website: http://sjr.state.fl.us/programs/operations/land_mgmt/presc_fire.html

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