Bombay Hook National Wildlife Refuge, in partnership with the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service’s Zone Fire Staff, local fire departments and the Delaware Forest Service, will continue its landscape burning program at the refuge.
The final area to be burned will be 500 acres of successional fields and impounded wetlands, which will take place one weekday between Feb. 19 and April 20, contingent upon optimal burn conditions.
The purposes for this year’s burn will be to set back succession to early stages to benefit grassland dwelling birds, counteract against undesired nonnative plant species and remove accumulated wildland hazardous fuels. The use of prescribed fire is an effective and cost efficient method to accomplish these objectives. Trained prescribed burning specialists will conduct the burns.
The refuge will need to be closed to the public until all burning activities are completed because of the location of the burn. Weather conditions such as rainfall and wind speed and direction will determine when the burning will occur. Bombay Hook Refuge’s website — fws.gov/refuge/bombay_hook — will be updated frequently to inform the public regarding daily plans.
For more, call 653-9345 or visit facebook.com/bombayhookwildliferefuge.