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Updated: 01/19/2017 08:30:03AM

‘Fire in the Scrub’ nature walk Saturday

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Kevin Main, pictured in his fire gear, will do a live 'burn' demonstration Saturday, Jan. 21.

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VENUS — Archbold Biological Station land manager Kevin Main will lead a “Fire in the Scrub” nature walk, followed by a live fire demonstration, if weather permits, Saturday, Jan. 21, from 9-11 a.m.

The public is invited to attend this free talk and demonstration.

Participants should meet at 9 a.m. at the Frances Archbold Hufty Learning Center at Archbold Biological Station in order to join the walk.

Based on sediment data from the bottom of Lake Annie, fire has been a part of the Florida scrub ecosystem for at least 40,000 years. Many rare animals, such as scrub jays and gopher tortoises, and rare plants would disappear without it.

“I will discuss aspects of fire management for Archbold and how it is a vital part of many long-term, ongoing research projects,” Main said. “I will also ignite a small area along the nature trail, weather permitting, to show the multiple benefits of fire and discuss how fire helps in managing native habitat.”

Interpretive signs along the nature trail explain the scrub and include information on the importance of fire. Trails at Archbold are open daily, sunrise to sunset, for public exploration.

Archbold Biological Station is an independent, not-for-profit research facility. Its mission is to build and share the scientific knowledge needed to protect the life, lands and waters of the heart of Florida and beyond.

The research station is 8 miles south of Lake Placid. The entrance is 1.8 miles south of S.R. 70 on Old S.R. 8. Visit or, during business hours, call 863-465-2571.