April 4, 2013 | Vol. 116 -- No. 50

Prescribed fires at Turnbull National Wildlife Refuge

This spring the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service at Turnbull National Wildlife Refuge will be conducting prescribed burns.

Depending on weather conditions, burning should occur sometime between April and May. These burns will accomplish Refuge management objectives for reducing hazardous accumulations of fuel, thinning dense stands of forest regeneration, and improving forage and cover for wildlife. Thinning of forests provides for a more natural tree density, which benefits native wildlife and helps to minimize potential insect infestations.

Burning will only occur when weather conditions are favorable, on days when the smoke will disperse and mix with the pre-dominate air flow. These burns will be conducted in accordance with the State of Washington’s Smoke Management Plan. Disruptions to traffic are possible due to smoke, but are expected to be minimal.

To ensure public safety, signs will be placed along adjacent public roads and staff will monitor smoke conditions on roads during burns. Information will be posted at the refuge entrance fee station and headquarters if prescribed burning activities impact access to the refuge public use area.

The mission of the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service is working with others to conserve, protect and enhance fish, wildlife, plants and their habitats for the continuing benefit of the American people. The service seeks to be a leader and trusted partner in fish and wildlife conservation, known for its scientific excellence, stewardship of lands and natural resources, dedicated professionals and commitment to public service.

For more information visit www.fws.gov.

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