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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.