Maggie OíConnell (505) 835-1828 or Elizabeth Slown (505) 248-6909 or Don
Kearney (505) 400-6028
Salt Cedar Burn
Project at Bosque del Apache
Conditions permitting, fire crews from the U. S. Fish and Wildlife
Service will conduct a prescribed burn at Bosque del Apache National
Wildlife Refuge near Socorro, New Mexico during the week of September 15.
The burn will remove dead stands of salt cedars previously treated with
herbicides and help to reduce any resprouting of the invasive plant.
Prescribed fire applied to small units of chemically treated salt cedar
over a four year period will ultimately result in the treatment of
approximately 805 acres of refuge lands. The benefits of this treatment
will be a reduced fuels load, the eventual natural restoration of native
vegetation and an enhanced wildlife habitat.
Existing barriers such as roads, levees and ditches will serve as fire
restraints along with newly constructed dozer lines.
Smoke will be visible in the area from the onset and may last up to three
days. Monitoring patrols will be conducted until smoke is no longer
visible within the burned area.
Bosque Del Apache National Wildlife Refuge and the visitorís center will
remain open to the public during the burn period. However, for reasons of
safety the public will not be allowed near the burn units and portions of
the southern tour loop may be closed during the burning period. The
public is welcome to check on the status of the event and possible tour
road closures at the Refuge visitorís center during the hours of 7:30
a.m. to 4 p.m., or by calling (505)-835-1828.
The U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service is the principal Federal agency
responsible for conserving, protecting and enhancing fish, wildlife and
plants and their habitats for the continuing benefit of the American
people. The Service manages the 95-million-acre National Wildlife Refuge
System which encompasses nearly 540 national wildlife refuges, thousands
of small wetlands and other special management areas. It also operates 69
national fish hatcheries, 64 fishery resource offices and 78 ecological
services field stations. The agency enforces Federal wildlife laws,
administers the Endangered Species Act, manages migratory bird
populations, restores nationally significant fisheries, conserves and
restores wildlife habitat such as wetlands, and helps foreign governments
with their conservation efforts. It also oversees the Federal Aid program
that distributes hundreds of millions of dollars in excise taxes on
fishing and hunting equipment to state fish and wildlife agencies.
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