Prescribed Burns Protect & Preserve Habitat for Endangered Red-cockaded Woodpecker

Feb 03, 2020

woodpeckerORLANDO, Fla. – OUC—The Reliable One will conduct annual prescribed burns at the Stanton Energy Center (SEC) beginning the week of February 10, 2020. About 2,200 acres of vegetation are slated for burning in small, manageable units, between February and June 2020.

Required by the United States Department of the Interior Fish and Wildlife Service and the Florida Fish and Wildlife Conservation Commission, the burns are designed to maintain essential habitat necessary for the survival of the Endangered Red-cockaded Woodpecker and other indigenous species. They also serve to reduce brush buildup (pine needles, leaves) that can contribute to wildfires, and help control competing vegetation, mitigate tree diseases and stimulate seed germination.

The project will be conducted between February and June 2020. Pending weather conditions, burns will be scheduled intermittently on an as-needed, as-authorized, day-by-day basis between the hours of 8 a.m. and 7 p.m. Although soil conditions (wetness), wind and temperatures will determine when the burns will occur, OUC anticipates 25 individual burns to accomplish a 2,200-acre management plan goal. A map of the scheduled area will be available online once activity begins and will be updated accordingly.

OUC utilizes professionals specifically trained in prescribed burns, and is taking all necessary safety precautions to ensure a successful and controlled operation.

To learn more about prescribed burns and a map of the scheduled area, as well as how OUC manages the 3,200-acre nature preserve at the Stanton Energy Center, visit

About OUC—The Reliable One

Established in 1923 by a special act of the Florida Legislature, OUC—The Reliable One is the second largest municipal utility in Florida and the 14th largest municipal in the country. OUC provides electric, water, chilled water and/or lighting services to 400,000 customer accounts in Orlando, St. Cloud and parts of unincorporated Orange and Osceola counties.