Bryan Nowell, Forest Ranger: (603) 271-2214
Heidi Holman, Fish & Game: (603) 271-2461
Liza Poinier, Fish & Game: (603) 271-3211
May 14, 2007
Prescribed Burn of Concord Pine Barrens a Success
CONCORD, N.H. -- New Hampshire Fish and Game and the N.H. Department of Resources and Economic Development Division of Forests and Lands, with support from the New Hampshire Fire Academy and the Concord Fire Department, successfully completed this spring's prescribed burn of a section of pine barrens habitat near the grounds of the Concord Municipal Airport last week.
Prescribed burning is an indispensable tool for safely managing the pine barren forests in the Concord community. From a public safety standpoint, the burn reduced dangerous accumulations of pine and oak litter of the type that, if left unchecked, could result in unmanageable fires. The prescribed burn also helped to restore habitat conditions that are capable of supporting rare and important wildlife, including the federally endangered Karner blue butterfly.
In accordance with the habitat management plan for the Conservation Zones on and near the airport grounds, the Fish and Game/Forests and Lands team has conducted many prescribed burns over the last several years. Last week's burn, which affected about 10 acres of pine barrens, was allowed under a state-issued burn permit (RSA 227-L17). As part of the burn plan, Concord Fire Department personnel and equipment were on hand to help suppress spot fires in a neighboring unit. The next prescribed burn will be scheduled for fall.
Last week's operation was also a training effort, with 25 cadets from the N.H. Fire Academy receiving hands-on training in fire behavior and control efforts as a part of their ongoing instruction and testing.
The N.H. Army National Guard, US Fish and Wildlife Service and City of Concord have been active partners in the pine barrens habitat restoration project.
The prescribed burn will be followed by habitat plantings and other activities over the next several weeks. Watch this site for more information.