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Prescribed Fire! Helping Fire Adapted Communities Thrive
Florida is renowned for its endless beaches and vibrant coastal habitats; however, the delicate balance between fire and water is responsible for the vast majority of habitats situated in between our peninsular coastlines. Throughout history, fire has shaped our inland habitats to the extent that several individual species owe their long-term survival to fire. However, the storied fires that began with a burst of lightning and terminated only upon arrival at the opposite Florida coastline would be unlikely at best and catastrophic at worst within today’s mosaic of natural and urban landscapes. Where historic fires are no longer a viable option human intervention in the form of prescribed fire is the only option for the fire-dependent communities.

Join us for a talk with Brian Lane, Senior Ecologist with Sensing Nature LLC, as he shares the importance of prescribed fire and why you should fan the flames of prescribed fire. Learning from his mistakes, Smokey Bear would approve.

This webinar is recommended for adults and families (suggested ages of 7 years old and up).

This program is sponsored by the Friends of Weedon Island. Our Friends support the Weedon Island Preserve through education, preservation and protection of its habitats, ecology, and cultural history. Learn more about our Friends at https://friendsofweedonisland.org/.

Jun 18, 2022 10:00 AM in Eastern Time (US and Canada)

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Brian Lane
Senior Ecologist @Sensing Nature LLC
A Florida native with a strong love of our dynamic coastline, Brian grew up in Pinellas County and earned his B.S. from the University of Central Florida. After years of ground-truthing wetlands for the National Wetlands Inventory and then working as an environmental consultant, Brian now enjoys traveling Florida educating teachers to tots about nature and the importance of our individual actions. He has co-authored six laminated wildlife identification guides including “Tracks, Scats and Signs of Florida Wildlife.” As an award-winning University of Florida / Florida Master Naturalist Instructor, Brian teaches all of the UF FMNP courses in Pinellas County and is an active board member of the non-profit organization the Friends of Pinellas Master Naturalists.