Refuge roads are also firebreaks for controlled burns.
Starting this summer, 70 miles of Lower Suwannee NWR roadsides are being cleared of hazard fuels and woody material up to 20 feet from the centerline of the road and to a height of 15 feet vertical distance from the roadway.
Vegetation removal will be followed up with targeted herbicide application to control regrowth of palm trees, hardwoods, dense woody fuels, and palmettos. The herbicide and increased sunlight encourage grasses and flowering plants for pollinators, a habitat that is lacking on the Refuge. Work is expected to complete by early 2024.