spacer Translate this site to Spanish spacer Translate this site to French spacer Translate this site to Simple Chinese spacer

Virginia

Virginia

Prescribed Burn Controls Hazardous Weeds and Restores Wetlands

Back Bay National Wildlife Refuge and False Cape State Park - November 2003

Firefighters from three national wildlife refuges in Maryland, Virginia, and Delaware used drip torches and a unique marsh-adapted vehicle to ignite a fast-moving burn of about 400-acres of underbrush that controlled invasive phragmites plants and restore wetlands for migrating and wintering fowl.

The 15 foot-tall phragmites chokes out nutritious, native plants that support a variety of ducks, geese and swans. After a similar burn three years ago, two thousand snow geese flocked to the burned areas of the refuge and the park.

Snow geese benefit from marsh regeneration that occurs when aggressive, non-native plants are removed. (USFWS)

Snow geese benefit from marsh regeneration that occurs when aggressive, non-native plants are removed. (USFWS)

back to headlines


Back to News Archives

Last Updated: