Jeremy Preston, Eglin Natural Resources wildlife section biological science technician, clears out fuel at the base of a longleaf pine tree that has a red cockaded woodpecker nest bored into its side April 8, 2009. The RCW species, recently downlisted from endangered to threatened, requires special care during prescribed burns. The fire management technicians at Jackson Guard's Natural Resources Branch uses prescribed fire techniques to keep a delicate longleaf pine ecosystem thriving while keeping the military mission a priority year round. (U.S. Air Force photo by Mike Meares)

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