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Prescribed Fire at Turnbull National Wildlife Refuge

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This fall the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service at Turnbull National Wildlife Refuge will be conducting prescribed burns. These burns will accomplish Refuge management objectives for reducing hazardous accumulations of fuel, thinning dense stands of forest regeneration, and improving forage and cover for wildlife. Thinning of forests provides for a more natural tree density which benefits native wildlife and helps to minimize potential insect infestations. 


October 14, 2014

Contact: Doug Frederick or Dan Matiatos (509) 235-4723

Email: dan_matiatos@fws.gov  

This fall the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service at Turnbull National Wildlife Refuge will be conducting prescribed burns.  Depending on weather conditions, burning should occur sometime between mid-October through November, 2014. Prescribed burning activities should have little to no impact on access to the Refuge public use area. Information will be posted at the Refuge entrance fee station and head quarters if prescribed burning activities impact access to the Refuge public use area. These burns will accomplish Refuge management objectives for; improving wildlife habitat, reducing hazardous accumulations of vegetation and forest debris and decreasing the number of unhealthy and overstocked stands of ponderosa pine seedlings and saplings.   

Burning will only occur when weather conditions are favorable, on days when the smoke will disperse and mix with the pre-dominate air flow.  These burns will be conducted in accordance with the State of Washington’s Smoke Management Plan and refuge specific prescribed fire plans. Disruptions to traffic are possible due to smoke, but are expected to be minimal. To ensure public safety, signs will be placed along adjacent public roads, and staff will monitor smoke conditions on roads during burns. 
 
The mission of the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service is working with others to conserve, protect and enhance fish, wildlife, plants and their habitats for the continuing benefit of the American people. We are both a leader and trusted partner in fish and wildlife conservation, known for our scientific excellence, stewardship of lands and natural resources, dedicated professionals and commitment to public service. For more information on our work and the people who make it happen, visit www.fws.gov
 

 

 

Last Updated: Oct 14, 2014
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