Between March 9 and April 15, 2007, the McNary National Wildlife Refuge will be conducting prescribed fire activities within refuge boundaries and adjacent to Burbank, Washington, between the hours of 11:00 am and 3:00 pm. The project goals are to reduce hazardous fuels and invasive species and to open up shoreline areas for the benefit of waterfowl. Some ash fallout is expected, however crews will attempt to minimize this effect by only burning when wind and weather conditions are within prescribed parameters. The U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service is the principal Federal agency responsible for conserving, protecting and enhancing fish, wildlife and plants and their habitats for the continuing benefit of the American people. The Service manages the 95-million acre National Wildlife Refuge System, which encompasses 542 national wildlife refuges, thousands of small wetlands and other special management areas. It also operates 70 national fish hatcheries, 64 fishery resources offices and 81 ecological services field stations. The agency enforces federal wildlife laws, administers the Endangered Species Act, manages migratory bird populations, restores nationally significant fisheries, conserves and restores wildlife habitat such as wetlands, and helps foreign governments with their conservation efforts. It also oversees the Federal Aid program, which distributes hundreds of millions of dollars in excise taxes on fishing and hunting equipment to state fish and wildlife agencies. Posted by Colleen Lane on
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