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NPS Announces Prescribed Burn Planned for Bodie Island

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Date: January 23, 2012
Contact: Outer Banks Group, 252-473-2111

Superintendent Mike Murray announced today that, weather and conditions permitting, between February 6 and February 15, 2012, National Park Service fire management staff, as part of the Outer Banks Group Fire Management Plan, will conduct a prescribed burn on Bodie Island within Cape Hatteras National Seashore. The planned burn will consist of 635 acres located west of NC Highway 12, south of the Bodie Island Access Road and Oregon Inlet.

The intent of the burn is to reduce fuel loading in the area as well as restore vegetative communities.In order to safely accomplish the burn, mechanical reduction of fuels will be conducted to establish breaks along the access road to the U.S. Coast Guard Station at Oregon Inlet, around the electrical substation, the historic Bodie Island U.S. Life Saving Service Station, and the boardwalk and wildlife viewing platform along the powerlines on the east side of the burn unit.These breaks will be constructed using a light weight, tracked rotary masticator and hand tools.Ignition will be accomplished utilizing aerial ignition along the sound and in interior areas, and hand ignition along the roads and other remaining edges.

A public informational meeting regarding these projects will be held on Thursday, January 26, 2012, beginning at 7:00 p.m. in the meeting room of the Nags Head Fire Station 16, in Nags Head, North Carolina.

For more information, call 252-473-211, ext. 155.

Did You Know?

Lightning whelks are one of the few species of

Lightning whelks eat about one large clam per month. The whelk pries the clam open with its muscular foot, wedges the clam open with its shell, then eats the soft inside of the clam. Lightning whelk shells, which whorl to the left, wash up on the beach at Cape Hatteras National Seashore.