Fall Prescribed Fire Activities Announced
Contact: Jim Wheeler, 707-464-7764
National Park Service Superintendent Steve Chaney announced today that Redwood National and State Parks will conduct a series of prescribed burns this fall in the prairies and oak woodlands in the Bald Hills east of Orick.
The prescribed fire season in the parks will begin in late September or early October as weather conditions permit. This year fire will be used as a management tool in seven potential burn units in four primary locations: Elk Camp Prairie, Counts Hill Prairie, Williams Ridge and Coyote Creek. Specific burn units include: Upper and Lower Elk Camp Prairie, Lower Airstrip Prairie, Upper and lower Counts Hill Prairie, Williams Ridge, Eastside Prairie and Coyote Creek.
The parks’ 2005 Fire Management Plan provides for the use of fire to
If you are in the parks over the next couple of months, there will likely be additional activity and equipment on and near Bald Hills Road. Smoke may linger on the roadways and traffic control may be
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Did You Know?
Elk once ranged over most of the United States from Maine to New Mexico. By 1860, the eastern elk had been eliminated by hunters. By 1912, about 124 Roosevelt elk remained in northern California. Prairie Creek Redwood State Park became an elk refuge in 1923 where elk are common today.