Upland Habitat Research
The FWC manages approximately 1.4 million acres of land across 42
Wildlife Management Areas in Florida. During a time when much of
the state's sublime lands and essential resources are lost to
urbanization and agriculture, this responsibility is paramount. As
part of FWRI's mission to protect, conserve, and manage Florida's
wildlife resources, FWRI's Upland Habitat Research and Monitoring
program evaluates, monitors, and restores the natural habitat of
Florida's terrestrial wildlife species.
This section includes information on the Upland Habitat program. It
also provides a plant list, complete with images, of many of
Florida's native plant species that are indicative of ecosystem
health. Plant list information includes ecosystem type, region,
interesting facts (such as edibility, history, medicinal uses,
etc), common name, scientific name, and plant family.
In addition to providing research and scientific counsel, Upland Habitat is responsible for essential ecosystem restoration and management projects. Projects include the Native Ground Cover Restoration Program, the Objectives-Based Vegetation Management Program, a Cabbage Palm control study, a Sanibel Island Rice Rat Project, a Flatwoods Salamander study and a Scrub Ecosystem Management study.