The Lake Wales Ridge, other wise known as the Refuge was established in 1993 as the first refuge designated for the recovery of endangered and threatened plants. The Refuge contains 23 listed plants, at least four listed animals, and more than 40 endemic invertebrates. The Refuge is part of a network of scrub preserves owned by the state of Florida, The Nature Conservancy, and the Archbold Biological Station
The Lake Wales Ridge is the heart of Central Florida, and contains special land include that keeps running for around 150 miles through Lake, Orange, Osceola, Polk and Highlands districts. 40 types of endangered plants and creatures populate the Ridge.
Sunlight, animals and plants
Sunlight is necessary for photosynthesis, which is a process that creates food for plants. Food for the plants then become food for the animals.
Fire and plants
Period between fires is what determines which plant communities will grow. Without firebreaks, whenever there is lightning everything would just burn.
Temperature and plants
Water is far below the sandy surface. The temperature significantly drops when the sun goes down which causes moisture to condense on the leaves. Moisture then falls in drops above the roots.