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Prairie Iris

Signs of spring are showing throughout the park. The prairie iris have been showing their flamboyant purple bloom around the edges of marshes. Soon bright yellow coreopsis will be blooming throughout big flats marsh and show a bright yellow in contrast against the lush green marsh.

The park will be conducting prescribed burns as conditions allow. Be advised that sections of the park may be closed to the public for safety reasons. Prescribed burns are used by land managers to benefit the landscape. Florida's ecosystems have evolved with the occurrence of fire as part of the natural cycle and allows plants to bloom while providing for an open and bountiful habitat for the diversity of animals that make the park their home.

Conditions are dry this time of year so be cautious when venturing out in the back country. Dry areas of “sugar sand” can be difficult to hike or bike through. As the weather warms, be sure to carry plenty of water on you hiking or biking outing.