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San Bernardino NWR Completes Prescribed Burn on Native Grassland Habitat
Southwest Region, April 21, 2009
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Fire Moving Through Giant Sacaton on San Bernardino NWR.  Photo by William Radke, 4/21/2009, San Bernardino NWR, Cochise County, AZ.
Fire Moving Through Giant Sacaton on San Bernardino NWR. Photo by William Radke, 4/21/2009, San Bernardino NWR, Cochise County, AZ. - Photo Credit: n/a
Firefighter Using a Drip Torch to Ignite Grass.  Photo by William Radke, 4/21/2009, San Bernardino NWR, Cochise County, AZ
Firefighter Using a Drip Torch to Ignite Grass. Photo by William Radke, 4/21/2009, San Bernardino NWR, Cochise County, AZ - Photo Credit: n/a

On Tuesday, April 21, a crew from the USFWS Arizona Fire District, a crew from the USFS Douglas Ranger District, and San Bernardino NWR refuge staff conducted a prescribed burn on approximately 520 acres of native grassland habitat on the refuge.  This grassland area, composed mainly of giant sacaton, runs from the southern boundary to the northern boundary of the refuge.  In recent years this grassland has been experiencing large amounts of shrub invasion by native mesquite and other species.  The burn was conducted to remove some of the woody species as well as return vital nutrients to the soil.  This burn is part of a planned burn regimen on the refuge.  Areas designated on the refuge are set up on a three to five year burn rotation to try and mimic the natural burn cycle of the region.  In addition to the 520 acres of refuge land that were burned, approximately fifty acres of neighboring private land were included in this burn.  The private land borders the refuge on the northern boundary and belongs to the Malpai Ranch, a member of the Malpai Borderlands Group, who is longtime partners with the refuge.


Contact Info: Christopher Lohrengel, 520-364-2104 x.106, chris_lohrengel@fws.gov



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