Controlled burns, or prescribed fires, are ignited by trained wildland fire
firefighters to meet specific management objectives. On average, nearly 2,500 acres are treated each year at Flint Hills NWR. The majority of prescribed fires at
Flint HIlls NWR are implemented during March through the end of April, however
burning occurs throughout the year depending on weather conditions and project
requirements. The general management goals being met through use of fire as a
land management practice include:
Goal One: Preserve, restore and enhance federally and state
listed threatened and endangered species and the habitats upon which they
depend.Goal Two: Provide for the life requirements of
waterfowl and other migratory birds occurring within Flint Hills NWR by maintaining
a healthy and diverse variety of habitats. Goal Three:
To preserve, restore and enhance a natural diversity of flora and fauna,
representative of a healthy ecosystm, which will provide for the life
requirements of resident wildlife. Goal Four: Heighten
an awareness and understanding of man's role in the natural world and promote a
sense of stewardship for the land and wildlife resources.Goal
Five: Reduce/limit number of unwanted fires, specifically those fires
300 acres or larger, and fuel loading on the Refuge.
Wildfires on the Refuge and areas adjacent
to the Refuge are most common in March, April, July, and August. The majority of wildfires started are human-caused. The Refuge also has agreements with
Lyon County and Coffey County to assist the volunteer fire departments.
We are currently looking for landowners interested in participating or learning more about the Legacy Conservation Easement Program, contact Refuge Manager Jack Bohannan at 620-392-5553x103.