Team effort leads to successful prescribed burn at Lathrop Bayou

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BLM fire crew with boat driver Adam Kaeser.

Prescribed Burn Preparation and Execution

On February 8th, 2024, the Bureau of Land Management (BLM) and U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service staff worked with two private landowners to plan and execute a prescribed burn prescribed burn
A prescribed burn is the controlled use of fire to restore wildlife habitat, reduce wildfire risk, or achieve other habitat management goals. We have been using prescribed burn techniques to improve species habitat since the 1930s.

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on 561 acres of BLM-managed lands and private property at Lathrop Bayou near Tyndall Air Force Base. Panama City Fish and Wildlife Conservation Office (FWCO) Biologists Channing St. Aubin, Adam Kaeser, and Jake Roush as well as Panama City Field Office Biologists David Seay and Danielle Bumgardner assisted with operating boats to safely carry fire crews to initiate and monitor the burn. 

Panama City FWCO Biologist Katie Ayers and Bio Tech Jake Roush assisted Florida ES Biologists Samantha Hermann and Patty Kelly and BLM Fire Management Officer Bart Kicklighter in clearing vegetation around red-cockaded woodpecker trees and eagle nests at Lathrop Bayou prior to the burn. Reducing fuel loads within the immediate area around the trees prevented scorching and unwanted fire damage to existing cavity and nest trees.

USFWS/BLM staff clearing brush around red-cockaded woodpecker tree.

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Endangered and/or Threatened species
Fire management
Prescribed burning