The Tiger Creek Center was established in 2009 at the Conservancy's 4,869-acre Tiger Creek Preserve in central Florida.
The Center was designed to help homeowners understand the role of fire and how residents can live safely within Florida's flammable landscape.
In early 2009, a 5,000-watt solar photovoltaic system was installed atop the center’s roof. Sun power should generate about half of the entire complex’s energy needs.
The Tiger Creek Center demonstrates the latest in fire-safe, or "Firewise" construction and landscaping practices. For example:
Like most natural areas in Florida, the preserve depends on recurring fire to keep its habitat healthy. Lightning has ignited fires across Florida for millennia, and the survival of many native plants and animals has come to depend upon fire’s cleansing action.
Since the mid 1980s, the Conservancy's expert fire managers have routinely conducted safe and effective prescribed burns at Tiger Creek when soil and weather conditions allow.
An exhibit at the center explains the features of the building and its landscaping. For visiting information and directions, call (863) 635-7506.
Nature picture credits (top to bottom, left to right): Photo © Eric Blackmore (Tiger Creek Center), Photo © TNC (bonamia).July 20, 2011