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Jones Swamp Land Management

This division provides assistance to Escambia County citizens with agricultural concerns as well as information regarding aerial mapping, soil conservation, and forestry management. The division also assists in land management activities, such as prescribed burning and invasive species control, on county owned natural lands.

2023 Accomplishments

  • Conducted prescribed burns on 92 acres of Jones Swamp Wetland Preserve to provide ecosystem health and reduce wildlife risk. 
  • Treated 24 acres of invasive species on county lands: Cogongrass (Imperata cylindrical), Japanese climbing fern (Lygodium japonicum), Chinese tallow, (Triadica sebifera), and, Kudzu (Pueraria montana).
  • Completed forestry mowing on 150 acres of county property; improving wildlife habitat and reducing wildfire risk, funded by a Florida Forest Service Wildfire Prevention grant.
  • Partnered with the Northview High School FFA Chapter to place wood duck boxes in Jones Swamp Wetland Preserve. 

What We Do:

  • Manage county-owned lands for ecosystem health and public access
  • Conduct prescribed burns, invasive species management, urban forestry, and wildlife management
  • Partner with state and federal agencies to provide cooperative assistance to working landowners regarding soil conservation and forestry management


Invasive Management

Invasive species are non-native plants or animals that have a negative impact on our local environment, economy, and communities. They can be introduced accidentally or intentionally, but once they invade, they can be hard to get rid of.

Division staff partner with local and state agencies to manage invasive specie populations on county-owned and adjacent lands. Staff use a variety of methods to help control and reduce invasive populations. Mechanical removal and chemical herbicides are the most common and cost-effective, but every species requires a different approach.

For more information about invasives in our area visit the Six Rivers Cooperative Invasive Species Management Area (CISMA) website:

Prescribed Fire

Prescribed or “controlled” fires are small, low-intensity fires set by land managers to help manage natural Florida ecosystems. By reducing fuel loads, land managers reduce the chances of a larger, more dangerous wildfire. Prescribed burns keep the understory open to allow grasses and other small plants to dominate the landscape. Ash keeps the soil fertile and encourages new plant growth in the spring.

Prescribed fire is especially important when natural areas sit next to urban areas, such as the Jones Swamp Wetland Preserve, where wildfires can quickly threaten human lives and structures. Regular prescribed fires and other maintenance activities can help reduce the risk of dangerous wildfires and ensure fire-fighting infrastructure is in place in the event of an emergency.

NRC staff work closely with the Florida Forest Service and local public safety officers to ensure prescribed burns are carried out in a safe and lawful manner.

A patch of Cogongrass post herbicide treatment
A patch of Cogongrass (Imperata cylindrica) after herbicide treatment.
Prescribed Fire in Jones Swamp Wetland Preserve
A prescribed fire in progress at Jones Swamp Wetland Preserve.
A wood duck box waits patiently for new residents in the Jones Swamp Wetland Preserve.
A wood duck box in the Jones Swamp Wetland Preserve. 
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