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Wildlife benefits of prescribed burns easy to see

Firefighters tend a controlled prescribed burn to benefit wildlife habitat on the Sinlanhekin Wildlife Area of northcentral Washington. (WDFW)
Firefighters tend a controlled prescribed burn to benefit wildlife habitat on the Sinlanhekin Wildlife Area of northcentral Washington. (WDFW)

WILDLIFE MANAGEMENT — Sinlahekin Wildlife Area manager Dale Swedberg doesn't just preach the gospel of rejuvenating wildlife habitat with controlled prescribed fires — he'll let you see for yourself.

A website with an eye-opening collection of photos compares historic photos of the Sinlanhekin Wildlife Area with photos of the same locations made in recent years.

 While the northcentral Washington landscape near Loomis has been improved in some ways, the most glaring observation is the increase in tree cover due to fire supression in the past 90 years.  Trees are good, but too many of them clogging the landscape eliminates the habitat diversity needed by wildlife.

Fire has been around as long as life because fire depends on living things to produce the fuels fire needs to exist. A person would think that there might be some important connections developed in such a long relationship. — Dale Swedberg

Resources for learning more about prescribed burns include:




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