The advent of the Virginia-West Virginia Zone fire management program in 2000, and development of agreements, sharing of resources and aggressive partnerships with other natural resource agencies in the state in 2005-06 spurred dramatic increases in prescribed fire acres treated across all jurisdictional boundaries. The increased capacity and combined expertise of the partner agencies has greatly contributed to improving and restoring fire-dependent habitats across the state.
Zone Fire Management Program
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An active fire management program is housed on the refuge. Seasonal activities include the planning and implementation of controlled burns, and wildfire suppression. The zone program conducts burns 9 months a year, and averages 35 burn days a year. Burns are conducted in a wide range of habitat types, including marsh, grasslands, pocosins, and upland pine and hardwood forest.