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    Base conducts prescribed burn [Image 5 of 5]

    Base conducts prescribed burn

    ALBANY, GA, UNITED STATES

    01.28.2013

    Photo by Nathan Hanks 

    Marine Corps Logistics Base Albany

    Julie Robbins, natural resource manager, Environmental Branch, Installation and Environment Division, MCLB Albany, sets fire to underbrush during a prescribed burning of base timber. The burning is an integral part of managing forests in southwest Georgia. Burning accomplishes multiple objectives including reducing fuel loads to mitigate wildfires, improves habitat for wildlife, and reduces populations of undesirable plants and insects. Thirty to 40 acres is the average area burned on a typical day. There is about 725 acres of forest scheduled to be burned by the end of March. Periodic fire tends to favor understory wildlife species, such as deer, dove and quail which require a more open habitat. A mosaic of burned and unburned areas tends to maximize “edge effect” which promotes a large and varied wildlife population. Habitat preferences of several rare, threatened or endangered species, including the gopher tortoise and indigo snake are also enhanced by burning.

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    IMAGE INFO

    Date Taken: 01.28.2013
    Date Posted: 02.18.2013 16:15
    Photo ID: 869099
    VIRIN: 130128-M-UF252-020
    Resolution: 1800x2710
    Size: 4.92 MB
    Location: ALBANY, GA, US 

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