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Alligator River
Cedar Island
Currituck
Mattamuskeet
Mackay Island
Pea Island
Pocosin Lakes
Roanoke River
Swanquarter

The Coastal Wildlife Refuge Society is the official non-profit support group for National Wildlife Refuges in Eastern North Carolina Information below was released by USFWS and is available on their website at #NCRefuges News
National Wildlife Refuges in North Carolina
Coastal North Carolina National Wildlife Refuge Complex
100 Conservation Way (P. O. Box 1969)
Manteo, NC 27954
252-473-1132 

Contact Bonnie Strawser 252-473-1132 X 230 
or Steve Brumfield X 224
For Immediate Release
March 12, 2020
Refuge Marsh Prescribed Burn
Alligator River National Wildlife Refuge
Photo Credit: Lindsey Green/USFWS

Caption: Recently, the fire crew from the U.S. Fish & Wildlife Service, with assistance from Cape Hatteras National Seashore fire personnel, performed a prescribed burn on the marsh area of Alligator River National Wildlife Refuge, south of Manns Harbor, where Highways 64 and 264 meet. Prescribed burns are performed periodically for several reasons. They help lower the risk of, and the intensity and effects of wildfires, by reducing the accumulation of flammable fuels. They can help control some plant diseases and insect issues. And they can increase plant life by restoring soil nutrients. That helps to increase the occurrence of flowering annuals and biennials. Some plant and animal life depend on periodic fires to maintain their habitat. And prescribed burns improve habitat for birds and mammals that live and forage in the marshes.

Visit National Wildlife Refuges Visitor Center on Roanoke Island. Open 7 days a week 9 am-4 pm Mon-Sat & Noon-4 pm Sun. Admission is free. https://www.fws.gov/refuge/Alligator_River/