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Selective Thinning Restores Savannah and Protects Homes
10 Region, January 1, 2004
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Necedah National Wildlife Refuge ? Since the late 1990's, fire managers have been systematically thinning highly flammable jack pine, restoring about 900 acres so far of globally imperiled oak savannah, while reducing the high fire risk to surrounding communities. Harvested wood is being sold for saw logs and pulp wood in local markets. Timber sales contracts will be used to restore an additional 1900 acres. The project has helped recover rare wildlife species, more than doubling the habitat of the endangered Karner blue butterfly and increasing the diversity of bird, mammals, and plants. The restored area has become host to at least two wolf packs and Wisconsin's largest population of red-headed woodpeckers.

No contact information available. Please contact Larry Dean, 612-713-5313, larry_dean@fws.gov
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