Fish and Wildlife Research Institute


Upland Habitat Projects

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 Cattle Grazing Land Impact study, a Flatwoods Ecosystem Management study, a Natalgrass study, and a Scrub Ecosystem Management study.

The FWC's OBVM Program Systematically Tracks Progress Toward Land Management Goals

The OBVM program provides data that is essential to best manage, protect and restore ecological structure on FWC lands.

Evaluating the Effects of Cattle Grazing on Public Lands

Upland Habitat scientists currently study the effects of cattle grazing on the vegetation of natural Florida ecosystems to inform management of cattle on state lands.

Native Ground Cover Restoration (GCR)

In order to enhance wildlife habitat and ecosystem functions, the GCR program works to restore degraded habitat, pasture, and agricultural lands to native ground cover.

Controlling Natalgrass (Melinis repens) in Florida

Upland Habitat scientists are currently involved in a study to control natalgrass (Melinis repens) on the Lake Wales Ridge.

Flatwoods Ecosystem Management Study

Upland Habitat scientists evaluate vegetation management methods to determine the techniques that best maintain and restore flatwoods ecosystems. Land management strategies under evaluation include chop and burn, herbicide and burn, and burn-only.

Scrub Ecosystem Management Study

Absence of fire on some FWC lands has resulted in so much vegetation overgrowth that using prescribed fire is not safe or practical. To restore and maintain pyrogenic ecosystems, Upland Habitat scientists study mechanical treatments on scrub communities.

Restoring Upland Habitats

Around the state, researchers are working to restore historic native flatwoods communities.

Upland Habitat Projects Photo Gallery

View photos from upland habitat restoration projects around the state.

FWC Facts:
Atlantic stingrays can be found more than 200 miles up the St. Johns River and have been known to pup as far upstream as Lake Harney.

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