Controlled burn to restore B.C. grasslands

Officials hope a controlled burn on 300 acres of grassland south of Riske Creek in central British Columbia will restore native grassland.

B.C.’s Ministry of Forests will begin the restoration burn between April 8 and May 1, weather conditions permitting.

The area around Bald Mountain in the Cariboo-Chilcotin area has historically been grasslands, but encroachment of shrubs and non-native grasses have changed the ecosystem.

It’s hoped the controlled grazing program will decrease the amount of debris, especially during a wildfire, and restore the traditional grassland plant communities that are native to the area, said a government news release.

Fire is a normal, natural process in B.C .ecosystems, and many species of plants, birds and insects depend on fire for its regenerative properties. Fire also helps stop the spread of disease as younger trees replace the older, more disease-susceptible trees.

 

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