Blackwater National Wildlife Refuge
Northeast Region
2145 Key Wallace Dr
Cambridge, MD 21613
(410) 228-2677

Fire Study at Blackwater

1. Prescribed burns have been used to promote the growth of wetland vegetation and to enhance the long-term viability of wetlands. However, relatively little research has been conducted to quantify the effects of fire on marsh vegetation. From 1998 to 2002, Conception Flores and Dixie Bounds conducted a prescribed fire study entitled, Evaluation of vegetative response to fire exclusion and prescribed fire rotation on Blackwater National Wildlife Refuge and Fishing Bay Wildlife Management Area.

2. A scientific review of the prescribed fire program at Blackwater NWR and Fishing Bay WMA is available for viewing. This document was complied from many sources and includes Ms. Flores' and Ms. Bounds' research.

Scientific Review of the Prescribed Fire Program at Blackwater NWR and Fishing Bay WMA PDF (400 KB)

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Last updated: September 30, 2010