SCCF staff works to keep firelines open
Over the last few weeks, alternating Sanibel-Captiva Conservation Foundation Wildlife & Habitat Management staff – working alone to adhere to social distancing standards – have been working to keep the firelines open and accessible in case of wildfires on conservation lands, as well as for any controlled burns that could happen in the summer. The dry season also allows staff to access areas that are normally too wet to bring heavy machinery into to restore open wetlands that are transitioning to closed-canopy forests because burns have not occurred frequently enough. It is mostly due to improper conditions such as wind direction, dispersion and mixing height during the islands’ small burn window. The late dry season is an important part of the year to get land management tasks completed before the summer rains begin and fill in wetlands and firelines once more.