Bureau of Land Management to Begin Prescribed Burning on Public Lands
The Bureau of Land Management this fall will conduct prescribed burns on public lands managed by the Arcata Field Office in Humboldt and Mendocino counties. The burns are designed to improve wildlife habitat, restore oak woodlands and improve forest health.
At the Lacks Creek area northeast of Arcata, crews will complete “broadcast” burns to reduce an understory of brush and small trees, improving health of the woodland. Piles of brush and limbs, created in previous thinning projects, will also be burned. The projects, which also will improve elk habitat, are partly funded by grants from the Rocky Mountain Elk Foundation.
Crews also will burn piled forest slash generated from a commercial forest thinning project near Mina, southwest of Garberville in Mendocino County.
Additionally, piles of invasive beach grass, pulled in earlier California Conservation Corps projects, will be burned at the Mike Thompson Wildlife Area, South Spit Humboldt Bay.
Each burn will be conducted under directions contained in a specific burn plan. Projects will be ignited only when weather conditions allow for safe and successful burning, and only on burn days permitted by the North Coast Air Quality Management District.
More information is available from the BLM Arcata Field Office, (707) 825-2300.