Resource Management

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Fire Management


Like many other areas managed for wildlife and biodiversity, prescribed fire at Browns Park National Wildlife Refuge is a management tool. Through detailed planning and careful observation, prescribed fires are used to remove exotic species and clear out excess fuels. These prescribed fires typically occur during the winter and spring months when moisture levels are highest to help prevent unintended damage.

The Refuge is a member of the Northwest Colorado Fire Management Program. This is an inter-agency effort between the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service, Bureau of Land Management, National Park Service, Forest Service, Colorado State Forest Service, and the National Weather Service. One inter-agency type-6 engine is stationed at the Refuge each fire season. The primary duty of this engine is to respond to wildland fires in the lands around the Refuge.