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Benefits to Wildlife

Prescribed burning keeps wildlands healthy for wildlife 

Fire’s influence on Florida’s landscape is so vital to the survival of numerous plants and wildlife species that prescribed burning is one of the FWC’s most extensively-applied habitat management practices. Many wildlife species rely on fire for maintenance of their habitat. For many species their very existence depends on the ability of  habitat to produce enough of the right kind of food. Fires promote nutritious new growth of flowering plants and shrubs as well as seed and fruit production. Many beneficial insects are also abundant after a burn. Prescribed fire is the best tool wildlife managers have for managing habitat for wildlife.

 Fire-dependent wildlife species: