An ancient longleaf pine tree, approximately 100 years old, stands above palmetto and wiregrass savanna in the Disney Wildlerness Perserve, owned and managed by The Nature Conservancy, protects more than 12,000 acres of valuable upland and wetland habitat in the Kissimmee Chain of Lakes, at the headwaters to the Everglades. Disney Wilderness Preserve is a central compnent to the new Everglades Headwaters National Wildlife Refuge with the Nature Conservancy is helping create in partnership with the US Fish and Wildlife Service. Historic Longleaf Pine savanas over low-lying understories of saw palmetto and wiregrass define much of the landscape, maintained my consistent fire management. Learn more at: and Photograph by Carlton Ward Jr / Carlton Ward Photography /