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SCCF to host program on Florida fire

By SCCF - | Feb 24, 2021


The Sanibel-Captiva Conservation Foundation will host its final virtual Evenings at the Homestead on March 9 at 7 p.m. via Zoom for an engaging presentation on fire in Florida’s ecosystems.

“Florida Needs Fire!” will be presented by Reed Noss, with the Florida Institute for Conservation Science and author of “Fire Ecology of Florida and the Southeastern Coastal Plain.” Fire is an ancient ecological and evolutionary process in Florida, extending back tens of millions of years. Many plants, animals and entire ecosystems are fire-dependent. The safest way to maintain the biodiversity of the fire-dependent ecosystems is to manage them in a way that mimics or simulates natural fire regimes.

Noss is a writer, photographer, lecturer and consultant in natural history, ecology and conservation. He was formerly Provost’s Distinguished Research Professor of Biology at the University of Central Florida. He received a Ph.D. in wildlife ecology from the University of Florida. Noss served as editor-in-chief of Conservation Biology, science editor for Wild Earth magazine, and president of the Society for Conservation Biology. He is an Elected Fellow of the American Association for the Advancement of Science. His recent research topics include disturbance ecology; ecosystem conservation and restoration; road ecology; and vulnerability of species and ecosystems to climate change and sea-level rise. Noss has over 340 publications, including eight books. He is currently working on a book on the endangered ecosystems of North America.

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