North Central Valley Fire Management Zone Photos
Prescribed Fire - Grassland & Vernal Pool Habitat Management
Prescribed fire is an important tool in managing habitat on National Wildlife Refuge lands. Grassland and vernal pool habitat is effectively managed with the prescribed fire as a means to remove invasive nonnative plants. These plants are poor food sources for wildlife, compete with native plants for water and sunlight, and increase the areas wildfire risk.
Hazardous Fuels Reduction in the Wildland Urban Interface
The U.S. Fish & Wildlife Service utilizes a range of management tools to reduce the risk of wildfire to communities in wildland urban interface. Reducing hazardous fuels on refuge lands, creating fuel breaks (an area with reduced vegetation or natural barriers to fire spread) and working with homeowners to create defensible space are all fire management objectives in the wildland urban interface.
Fire Prevention, Education and Outreach
Fire prevention, education and outreach activities occur throughout the region working through numerous partnerships and initiatives.
Prescribed Fire for Wetland Habitat Enhancement
Prescribed fire is a valuable tool in wetland habitat management. Thick and overgrown vegetation which provides poor habitat conditions can be cleared for new growth and creates open pool areas for waterfowl. On many of the National Wildlife Refuges, habitat is managed intensively for concentrated wildlife use by numerous species.