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fire 250Rookery Bay Research Reserve staff and partners from the Florida Park Service D-4 VIPER burn team, Collier Seminole State Park and FWC Naples office burned 154 acres of scrubby pine flatwoods in the heart of the reserve. The burn effectively reduced the fuel loads and cleared out the understory, providing access for deer, gopher tortoise and other animals that rely on native grasses that are crowded out when the forest thickens. Working with partners is crucial to ensuring the proper resources are employed for maximum safety of staff and adjacent property.

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