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Prescribed burns to restore Cariboo-Chilcotin grassland

The Ministry of Forests, Lands and Natural Resource Operations advises that an ecosystem restoration burn is planned south of Riske Creek between April 8 and May 1, 2015.

About 120 hectares, around Bald Mountain, will be treated to help restore native grassland ecosystems.

The controlled burn is managed under the Ecosystem Restoration Program within the ministry’s Range Branch and will be conducted with the assistance of staff from the Wildfire Management Branch’s Cariboo Fire Centre.

Historically, grasslands in the Cariboo-Chilcotin were renewed through frequent, low-intensity ground fires. Such fires prevented tree encroachment, rejuvenated understory plants and helped maintained more open grasslands and forests with large trees.

The reintroduction of managed, low-intensity ground fires to these grasslands is intended to restore and maintain the traditional grassland plant communities that are native to these areas.

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