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Prescribed Fire at Rogers Spring Scheduled for Friday, December 7 54-07

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Date: December 5, 2007
Contact: Roxanne Dey, 702.293.8691

National Park Service (NPS) fire personnel will conduct a prescribed burn on about four acres near Rogers Spring. The burn could start as early as Friday, December 7, and will only be conducted during times with safe weather conditions and when sufficient fire personnel are present to maintain control of the fire.  Due to the incoming storm system, the burn could be postponed until the week of December 10 (or later).

This prescribed burn is necessary to remove vegetation in a project area that the NPS and the University of Nevada, Las Vegas are performing monitoring and research activities on the Relict Leopard Frog (Rana onca).  Vegetation removal will improve frog habitat and potentially promote the regeneration of native plant species in the area. This study site will also be used for the development of habitat improvement protocols for the Relict Leopard Frog. It is also necessary to reduce built up fuels in the area to reduce the chances of a catastrophic fire over the entire spring system. This study site will also be used for the development of habitat improvement protocols for the Relict Leopard Frog.

The smoke from this prescribed fire will be visible from Northshore Road and from the air.

The Rogers Spring area is between Echo Bay and Overton Beach on the west side of Northshore Road

If you have any questions or concerns, please call the National Park Service fire office at Lake Mead National Recreation area at:  702.293.8989.

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