Developing a fire management program in the Bahamas [abstract]
Document Type: Conference Paper
Author(s): K. A. Oliver
Publication Year: 1998

Cataloging Information

  • Bahamas
  • birds
  • Caribbean
  • climax vegetation
  • Dendroica kirtlandii
  • education
  • everglades
  • fire hazard reduction
  • fire management
  • fuel loading
  • hardwoods
  • human caused fires
  • land management
  • logging
  • national parks
  • overstory
  • Pinus caribaea
  • recreation related fires
  • rocky habitats
  • Sabal
  • season of fire
  • soils
  • threatened and endangered species (animals)
  • Thrinax
  • understory vegetation
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Record Last Modified: June 1, 2018
FRAMES Record Number: 39916
Tall Timbers Record Number: 14646
TTRS Location Status: In-file
TTRS Call Number: Fire File (filed under Pine Rockland)
TTRS Abstract Status: Okay, Fair use, Reproduced by permission

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Four islands in the northern Bahamas contain pine rocklands - Abaco, Andros, Grand Bahama, and New Providence - comprising more than 500,000 acres. Bahamian pine rockland, a fire sub-climax community, is characterized by pitted, broken oolitic limestone, thin soils, an overstory of Pinus caribaea. and an understory of Thrinax, Sabal and/or mixed hardwoods. The pine forest is important habitat for resident and migratory land birds, supporting densities six times greater than similar habitats in the southeast U.S., and it is habitat for the endangered Bahama Parrot and Kirtland’s Warbler. Impacted by logging, development, and large winter burns from accidental fires and hunter-induced fires, pinelands in the Bahamas are not actively managed by owners which include the Government, private companies and individuals, and The Bahamas National Trust (BNT). Three of the twelve national parks managed by the BNT contain pinelands and, in cooperation with Everglades National Park, preliminary fire management plans have been developed for Rand Nature Centre, Lucayan National Park and Abaco National Park. The objective was to develop a fire program consistent with land management goals which included protection of biodiversity, pineland vegetation, and endangered species and habitats; protection of buildings, improvements, and captive animals on site; and public education. In the short to medium term, The Trust plans to upgrade equipment and wells and begin collecting weather data; consult with other agencies, train staff (including a designated Fire Management Officer), and hold seminars involving locals and skilled fire managers; mechanically reduce fuel loads around buildings, exhibits, etc.; and begin utilizing low intensity summer prescribed burns.

Oliver, K. A. 1998. Developing a fire management program in the Bahamas [abstract], Pine Rocklands Fire Managers Symposium Proceedings, 1998. Miami, FL. The Nature Conservancy [?] and Dade County Environmentally Endangered Lands Program [?],Dade County, FL [?]. p. 5,