Prescribed Fire in Olema Valley Scheduled for Wednesday, November 5, 1997

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Date: November 5, 1997
Contact: John Dell'Osso, 415-464-5135

A prescribed fire is tentatively scheduled for Wednesday, November 5 and will begin at approximately 10:30 am. The fire will be on a 2 acre site located in the Olema Valley of the park near Hagmaier Ranch.

The prescribed burn is part of an ongoing effort by our resource management specialists to remove the invasive, non-native plant, scotch broom. Because control of the broom has been limited in the past, the quickly spreading plant has "crowded out" California native plants.

Prescribed burning has been an effective method in removing invasive plants from the Point Reyes National Seashore. Burning also provides other ecological benefits such as improved wildlife habitat, reduction of hazardous fuels, and an improved environment for native plant species.

The prescribed fire will only be conducted if weather and other conditions are favorable. The fire will be monitored and staffed by National Park Service personnel.

If conditions are not favorable, an alternate day for the prescribed burn will be scheduled.


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