The Washington Prescribed Fire Council recently posted an article detailing the experience of MARS working with partners – primarily the Center for Natural Lands Management (CNLM) – to successfully implement a prescribed burn in the spring of 2016 on the Mt. Adams Community Forest. The burn was a landmark event for Mt. Adams Resource Stewards, as well as the first prescribed fire led by CNLM both in central Washington and on a community forest. Prescribed fire has received increased attention since the massive wildfire season of 2015 as agencies, land managers and policy makers come to recognize the important role that carefully planned, controlled burns can perform in reducing wildland fuels, restoring forests and creating safer communities. The Washington Prescribed Fire Council has been working to advocate for the increased acceptance and use of prescribed fire and we are grateful to them for sharing our story! More can be learned at: http://waprescribedfire.org/mars-case-study
Stay tuned as we work with the US Fish and Wildlife Service to plan a cross boundary prescribed burn between Conboy Lake National Wildlife Refuge and portions of the Pine Flats Tract of the Mt. Adams Community Forest later this spring (2017).