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San Bernardino NWR Clears 250 Acres of Brush from Native Grasslands
Southwest Region, October 26, 2009
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In May of this year, staff from San Bernardino NWR, along with the Buenos Aires NWR Fire Crew, conducted a prescribed burn to restore native grassland.  Approximately 600 acres were burned on the refuge and adjacent private land.  The target of this burn was shrub encroachment, namely mesquite, on grassland habitat.  The burn was a great success removing many acres of mesquite and turning over vital nutrients into the soil, but the burn left many burnt, but standing trees and shrubs.  So, over the course of the last month, San Bernardino NWR staff has been removing these dead trees.  The removal of these trees allows for previous areas of native grassland to reestablish.  This habitat management project has been in the works for several years and hopefully can be regularly carried out every three to five years to help maintain the progress made.

Contact Info: Christopher Lohrengel, 520-364-2104 x.106, chris_lohrengel@fws.gov
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