From the Conclusion: 'The fire management program at Everglades National Park should continue to expand. With the recent development of a fire ecology research capability at the park, evaluation of the effects of the fire management program and the role of fire in the park is assured. This research effort will provide the short and long-term impacts of our program on the park's resources, and the development of a fuel model for saw grass will provide data for refinement of the fire prescriptions. The program will change as we acquire more knowledge about fire and as the ecosystem changes. With less water, we will not be able to allow fires to burn except under very wet conditions. more prescribed burning during safe conditions may be needed to keep fuels at low levels, to lessen the fire damage, during severe drought years. With the acquisition and future management of the Big Cypress National Freshwater Preserve fire management will soon become a regional program of real significance to the National Park Service. By intelligently managing fire and water that generated this unique environment. Everglades National Park and the Big Cypress Freshwater Preserve will be perpetuated for future generations.'