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Ecosystem restoration burn scheduled for Churn Creek Protected Area

The Ministry of Environment and the Ministry of Forests, Lands and Natural Resource Operations are planning to conduct an ecosystem restoration burn in the Churn Creek Protected Area between now and April 29.

About 157 hectares will be treated in the East Onion Lakes area of the Churn Creek Protected Area to enhance habitat and improve forage for mule deer and bighorn sheep.

The ecology of the region, according to the Ministry, has declined since European settlement partly due to the suppression of naturally occurring wildfires.

Each fire will be carefully monitored at all times by trained BC Wildfire Service personnel.

The project is being conducted by BC Parks, who has drawn up a 50 year plan to reintroduce controlled burning in the area, as part of its ongoing grassland restoration efforts.

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