The U.S. Fish & Wildlife Service Fire Management Program is responsible for protecting and restoring lands in all 50 states, Puerto Rico, the Virgin Islands, Guam, American Samoa and Pacific Islands territories.
Fire Supports Fight on Invasive Plants
A new handbook gives refuge staff practical guidelines to ensure that fire management does not result in the spread of invasive plants. While fire management helps maintain natural habitats, it can also create ideal opportunities for invasive plants to spread.
Fire Management and Invasive Plants: A Handbook, by Matthew Brooks at U.S.G.S. and Michael Lusk, former invasive species coordinator for the Refuge System, suggests these action steps to prevent nonnative seeds from blowing onto a newly burned area:
• Fire camps and staging areas should be located in areas that are relatively free of weeds or other invasive plants.
• Prescribed fires must burn only enough vegetation to accomplish a particular goal.
• Equipment should be washed before and after leaving a prescribed burn site.
• Any revegetation must use seeds or mulch that is certified weed-free.
The handbook is available online at www.fws.gov/invasives.
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