U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service wildland fire fighters and Biologist Chelsea CorcoranQuadt performing a prescribed burn to help restore grassland habitat at the National Conservation Training Center.

Note that last week's burn was timed in order to allow winter vegetation to remain in place as cover for wildlife for as long as possible, while still conducting the burn in advance of nesting season in order to minimize any negative impacts on ground-nesting birds.

Also, if you're curious about why prescribed fire is good for wildlife, take a look at this nicely done (and brief!) article by the WV DNR that highlights some of the benefits of using fire in our area: