Community response to fire of five vegetation types (sandhill, sand pine scrub, scrubby flatwoods, flatwoods, swales) showed that recovery occurred in less than 2 years for poorly drained sites and between 1-4 years for more xeric sites. Species composition following fire did not change from preborn conditions.
A fuel wood timber harvest was used as a technique for scrub jay habitat restoration at the Seminole County Northwest Area Regional wastewater Treatment Facility in Seminole County.
On cleared sandhill land in north Florida, only longleaf pine and Choctawhatchee sand pine have survived in sufficient numbers and grown at an acceptable rate. Choctawhatchee sand pine is the most promising as it will produce twice the volume of wood in 25 years as will longleaf pine on sandhill sites. Yields of at least 1 cord per acre per year from CSP plantations are predicted.
General overview of the biology of the Florida scrub lizard.
Part I describes the most important plant communities (including scrub) which harbor amphibians and reptiles of the state.
Part II discusses the fate of the Florida herpetofauna and how sea level changes have molded each community.
Spear’s scrub is a 290 acre sand pine scrub community located at Rock Springs Run State Reserve. Large sand pines were timbered to improve the habitat for scrub-jays and to allow a more suitable habitat for prescribed burns. A small population of striped newts was monitored during the timber operation in order to protect the populations and associated ponds.
This paper studies the use of high-resolution spectral reflectance signatures to identify six scrub habitat components for the Kennedy Space Center.
Intensive pressure by urban expansion and a decline in fire frequency in the last fifty years has seen a dramatic reduction in the number of Florida scrub-jays. Unprotected lands have had greater extirpation rates and fragmentation than protected lands, suggesting the total Florida Scrub-Jay population to be at most about 2000-3300 groups.
Populations of the threatened Florida scrub jay were estimated on 192 managed land parcels between 2009-2010 and compared with historic numbers. The data clearly shows a continued decline of this species in Florida.