Game Commission Postpones Until 2010 Prescribed Burn Plans for SGL 176
In a briefing held on SGL 176 on
“While there is one day left until
“However, all of the work invested in preparing for this year’s use of prescribed fire will enable us to be ready earlier in the 2010 season.”
Capouillez reiterated that the Scotia Barrens ecosystem, which is a scrub oak/pitch pine barrens, depends on fire to regenerate itself. Prescribed burns are a tool used by the Game Commission to improve habitat and, in this case, would help maintain the ecological integrity of this unique habitat, which supports a number of wildlife and plant species of special concern.
“The one concern about not being able to conduct this controlled burn is that the fuel load – the leaf litter, pine needles and twigs on the forest floor – has not been reduced,” Capouillez said. “We had hoped to address this situation to decrease the chance that a catastrophic wildfire could be ignited by a lightening strike or by a cigarette carelessly tossed on the ground.”
Capouillez said that the agency limited itself to a window of opportunity from
Capouillez noted that the Game Commission has conducted prescribed burns on more than 1,500 acres of State Game Lands over the past three years.
SGL 176 currently contains 6,231 acres in
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