Sometimes bigger is better…. Everglades National Park encompasses an ecosystem of over 1.5 million acres. Those acres, many of which are fire adapted, require treatment with fire on a 3-7 year return interval. To do this successfully we often have to think "big box". This week and next we are utilizing fire to reduce fuel loading and knock back exotic plant species across 100,000 acres of coastal prairie lands from Everglades City to Flamingo. Within days of burning we will start to see a healthier and more robust ecosystem bounce back.