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SACRAMENTO NWRC: East Park Reservoir Interagency Prescribed Fire
Region 8, January 13, 2009
Firefighters implement a prescribed burn to benefit tri-colored blackbird habitat.  Photo by Anthony Arendt, USFWS
Firefighters implement a prescribed burn to benefit tri-colored blackbird habitat. Photo by Anthony Arendt, USFWS - Photo Credit: n/a

by Anthony Arendt, Sacramento NWRC

A federal agency partnership to reduce hazardous fuels and improve habitat for tricolored blackbirds on a northern California reservoir ended in success this January after a prescribed burn.  Firefighters from the Sacramento National Wildlife Refuge Complex, U.S. Forest Service and Bureau of Reclamation used prescribed fire to burn overgrown tule wetland vegetation on the Lodoga Arm of the East Park Reservoir, near Willows, Calif.  

 

The prescribed burn project began in 2008, with the goal of reducing hazardous fuels while regenerating important habitat for the tri-colored blackbird.  The original project included an over-water burn, but additional fire work was needed, and firefighters found perfect weather conditions to implement the burn on January 13, 2008. 

 

The property is owned by Bureau of Reclamation, but the agency has limited fire staff and partnered with the USFWS to help plan an implement the project.  The Service tapped additional fire fighter resources through its partnership with the Mendocino National Forest.  A total of 15 fire fighters from all agencies took part in the burn, which reduced 50 acres of thick tule vegetation around the reservoir.

 

(Anthony Arendt is a Fire Engine Captain at Sacramento NWRC)

 

Contact Info: Miriam Morrill, 530-934-2801, Miriam_Morrill@fws.gov