A multi-year program of prescribed burns of University forested lands is underway with the Division of Forestry. This collaborative effort is an important part of responsible management of UWF’s forested property. Two burns were conducted in January/February 2011. The burn program will resume in the winter of 2011-2012.
Prescribed burns provide these benefits:
As part of the collaboration between UWF and the Division of Forestry, faculty and students from UWF's Environmental Studies program have been provided the opportunity of conducting field research related to forest burns.
The University of West Florida is clearing various areas of dense underbrush on the UWF main campus.
Much of the UWF campus consists of woodlands, wetlands, and other natural areas. Although our campus is quite large, many don’t realize that the buildable area of the campus is increasingly constrained due to the large amounts of unbuildable acreage devoted to natural habitat.
While our intent is to preserve and enhance the natural beauty of the campus and its heavily-wooded setting, it is important that the immediate environs of the interior developed areas of campus be more “park-like” and less “wilderness-like.” Thus, we are cutting and clearing much of the dense underbrush in these areas that has developed unchecked over the years. A variety of factors require this:
It is important to note that “brush clearing” refers to removal of scrub growth and underbrush, not the destruction of mature trees and signature heritage plants. Regardless of their size, key native trees such as the sparkleberry are protected during the clearing process. See the brush clearing plan map for details on the areas being cleared of underbrush. For more information contact Mark Pursell at firstname.lastname@example.org.