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Biological Opinion on Bandelier National Monument Fire Management Plan


In February 2005, the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service field office in New Mexico issued a biological opinion regarding a fire management plan for the National Park Service's Bandelier National Monument. The opinion details the expected effects to fish and wildlife regarding th NPS proposal to implement a 10-year fire management plan there.

The proposed plan will guide all aspects of the fire and fuels management including suppression, wildland fire use for resource benefit, prescribed fire, non-fire fuel treatments (manual and mechanical thinning), and monitoring and adaptive management. The plan's proposed treatments should minimize the risk of wildfire damage to life, property and natural resources, including the threatened Mexican spotted owl and its critical habitat. Managing fire with fire in this type of forested ecosystem is expected to decrease the frequency and intensity of destructive wildfires.

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