Refuge Fire Expert Vic Doig , with assistance of Refuge staff and the staff at the Prescribed Fire Training Center, has been able to treat approximately 2,200 acres of critical fire dependent habitats. This has been a monumental effort, especially due to delays in implementing fire projects as a result the “Shutdown” and having limited certified staff. All of these acres were "hand burned", without the assistance of helicopters or other air support. Prescribed fire is crucial in managing upland habitats to promote healthy ecosystems for fire dependent wildlife and plants.
Fire: More than 2,000 acres, mostly in Levy County, have been treated with prescribed burning since January.
Forests: On the Dixie County side, where weather has not been as good for prescribed burning, with the help of the Refuge's new Cat more than 70,000 legacy trees have been planted.
Need information: Refuge Manager Andrew Gude can be reached by text or phone at 703.622.3896.
The Refuge is open daily from dawn to dusk.
Visitors are welcome to walk or bicycle around yellow Refuge gates.
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