Fuel Break and Research Area: Burning along Highway One in the Olema Valley creates a strategic fuel break in between forested lands on either side. Pictured here is research equipment to monitor small animals. Small animals are trapped, in a chamber where food is provided, and released after they are counted and recorded. This way, the effects of prescribed fire on wildlife populations can be monitored. Maintaining a grassland in between large areas of forest creates variation in habitat, affecting which animals will be present.
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