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WEC261: The Florida Scrub-Jay: A Species in Peril

Figure 5. When fire is suppressed, as seen in this sand pine scrub habitat at Archbold Biological Station, the pines grow tall and the canopy becomes more closed. The oaks in the understory also grow taller, and in time may begin to dominate the habitat. Fire-suppressed scrub habitat does not provide optimal conditions for Florida Scrub-Jays.

Credit: Steve A. Johnson