Blackwater Wildlife Refuge Controlled Burns Under Way - WBOC-TV 16, Delmarvas News Leader, FOX 21 -

Blackwater Wildlife Refuge Controlled Burns Under Way

Posted: Updated:
(Photo: WBOC) (Photo: WBOC)

DORCHESTER COUNTY, Md.- A total of 35 acres of the Blackwater National Wildlife Refuge went up in flames Friday during a controlled burn.

"It's been proven that burning the marshes really invigorates the health of the marsh and improves the quality of the actual marsh grass, the growth," said Wildfire Zone Manager Art Canterbury. "It's just giving us a chance to hold on to the marshes here at the Blackwater Wildlife Refuge as long as we can, as we are dealing with different things such as sea level rise and the nature of the climate we are dealing with now."

Canterbury said habitat improvement is vital, but torching the marshes is also good for eliminating any chance of a wildfire.

"The first objective is the hazard fuels burn so we are reducing hazard fuels to eliminate the potential for unwanted or uncontrolled wildfire," he said.

Dressed in protective suits, Canterbury and other professionals walked around and ignited the marsh with drip torches. Friday was burn number one, but they still have 11,000 acres left.  

"Big picture though this year we are going to try and burn anywhere from about 10,000-11,000 here of the Blackwater Refuge and the fish and bay state marshes which are adjacent to us," Canterbury said.

These are intentionally set fires, to prevent ones from starting accidentally. Controlled burns will continue at the Blackwater Wildlife Refuge in designated areas through May.

  • Delmarvawide NewsDelmarvawide NewsMore>>

  • Bethany Streetscape Project Won't Make Summer Deadline

    Bethany Streetscape Project Won't Make Summer Deadline

    Friday, April 18 2014 11:32 PM EDT2014-04-19 03:32:04 GMT
    The Bethany Beach Streetscape Project to reconstruct Garfield Parkway will go on hiatus from mid-may to October 14th, 2014.More
    The Bethany Beach Streetscape Project to reconstruct Garfield Parkway will go on hiatus from mid-may to October 14th, 2014.More
  • Economist Examines Maryland Minimum Wage Bill

    Economist Examines Maryland Minimum Wage Bill

    Friday, April 18 2014 11:34 PM EDT2014-04-19 03:34:34 GMT
    In a plan approved by the legislature, full-time minimum-wage workers in Maryland will ultimately make about $875 less annually than they would have under the governor's proposed timetable, an economic analyst said. Legislators voted last week to have Maryland's minimum wage reach $10.10 an hour by July 2018, whereas Gov. Martin O'Malley originally wanted it to reach that amount by July 2016.More
    In a plan approved by the legislature, full-time minimum-wage workers in Maryland will ultimately make about $875 less annually than they would have under the governor's proposed timetable, an economic analyst said. Legislators voted last week to have Maryland's minimum wage reach $10.10 an hour by July 2018, whereas Gov. Martin O'Malley originally wanted it to reach that amount by July 2016.
    More
  • Pastor Carries Cross from Georgetown to Rehoboth Beach

    Pastor Carries Cross from Georgetown to Rehoboth Beach

    Friday, April 18 2014 11:22 PM EDT2014-04-19 03:22:29 GMT
    GEORGETOWN, Del.- About 16 miles separates Georgetown from Rehoboth Beach. That may not sound like a long distance. But picture doing it by foot."We're carrying a cross all the way from the circle in Georgetown on route 9 all the way to Rehoboth," said Pastor Joel Hitchcock of River City Church. Pastor Hitchcock alongside others spent Good Friday carrying a cross. His logic behind it all was simple."The reason for carrying this cross is to remind people of the main reason for Easter."When we ...More
    GEORGETOWN, Del.- About 16 miles separates Georgetown from Rehoboth Beach. That may not sound like a long distance. But picture doing it by foot."We're carrying a cross all the way from the circle in Georgetown on route 9 all the way to Rehoboth," said Pastor Joel Hitchcock of River City Church. Pastor Hitchcock alongside others spent Good Friday carrying a cross. His logic behind it all was simple."The reason for carrying this cross is to remind people of the main reason for Easter."When we ...More
Powered by WorldNow

All content © Copyright 2000 - 2014 Worldnow and WBOC. All Rights Reserved. For more information on this site, please read our Privacy Policy and Terms of Service