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A Controlled Burn at San Bernard NWR
Posted on Oct 27th, 2017
You know it’s that time of year, when on one of the first cool fall days with a north wind blowing, you'll see a huge cloud of smoke rising in the direction of the San Bernard Wildlife Refuge. From a distance it looks as if a disaster is taking place.
It’s not a disaster but a prescribed fire at the San Bernard NWR. One such fire just took place on Tue Oct 24. The prescribed burn is part of the coastal prairie ecosystem and will rejuvenate the marsh grasses, reduce the risk of wildfires and decrease the invasive species that are encroaching. Also, the prescribed fire will increase the visibility for better wildlife viewing of bird habitat and spotting a gator or two.
Read more about the “Effects of Prescribed Fire in the Coastal Prairies of Texas” by the U.S. Geological Survery.