Prescribed Burn Planned at Dinosaur National Monument
Contact: Carla Beasley, (435) 781-7700
Dinosaur National Monument announces plans to conduct a half-acre prescribed burn September 12 in the employee housing area located about a half mile from the monument headquarters in Dinosaur, Colorado.
Visitor activities should not be hampered during the burn.
The prescribed burn is part of a research project to compare various methods to reduce cheatgrass. Over the next several years, staff will monitor the effects of reducing cheatgrass in several different areas using several different methods: the burned area, an area that is mowed, an area where herbicide is used, an area where herbicide is used and then seeded with native grass, and a control area, where no active attempts are made to reduce the cheatgrass. The information gathered from the research will help the monument determine a management strategy for cheatgrass. Cheatgrass is an invasive, non-native grass that plagues rangelands and other open areas where it replaces the native vegetation in the area it invades.
Did You Know?
Dinosaurs became extinct 65 million years ago, but lizards are still a common sight at Dinosaur National Monument. The small, inquisitive reptiles have endured on Earth for more than 300 million years, far outlasting their giant cousins.