If the native plants and animals could sing, they would sing, “Keep the home fires burning,” a line from the old World War I song by Ivor Novello. Without fires lighting their home, or their habitat, native plants and animals can’t survive and thrive.
Fires in scrub habitat keep sand pines from crowding out endangered plants such as the federally threatened scrub buckwheat. In addition, gopher tortoises build their extensive burrows in open areas, and the Florida scrub-jays won’t live in an area that has tall, dense vegetation because they can’t see their predators.
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