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.
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