Fish and Wildlife Research Institute


Upland Habitat Research

The FWC manages approximately 1.4 million acres of land across 42 Wildlife Management Areas in Florida. During a time when much of the state's sublime lands and essential resources are lost to urbanization and agriculture, this responsibility is paramount. As part of FWRI's mission to protect, conserve, and manage Florida's wildlife resources, FWRI's Upland Habitat Research and Monitoring program evaluates, monitors, and restores the natural habitat of Florida's terrestrial wildlife species.

Upland Habitat Information and Resources

This section includes information on the Upland Habitat program. It also provides a plant list, complete with images, of many of Florida's native plant species that are indicative of ecosystem health. Plant list information includes ecosystem type, region, interesting facts (such as edibility, history, medicinal uses, etc), common name, scientific name, and plant family.

Upland Habitat Projects

In addition to providing research and scientific counsel, Upland Habitat is responsible for essential ecosystem restoration and management projects. Projects include the Native Ground Cover Restoration Program, the Objectives-Based Vegetation Management Program, a Cattle Grazing Land Impact study, a Flatwoods Ecosystem Management study, a Natalgrass study, and a Scrub Ecosystem Management study.

FWC Facts:
The organism that causes red tide in Florida, Karenia brevis, owes its name to a state researcher of harmful algal blooms, Dr. Karen Steidinger.

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