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DEC previews controlled burns in Coeymans

Feb 10, 2017 12:03 am
Melanie Lekocevic reports in the Ravena News-Herald that the Department of Environmental Conservation spoke about plans for the Louise E. Keir Wildlife Management Area at a Jan. 31 meeting in Coeymans Hollow. A full crowd heard about controlled fires over the next 10 years on the 188 acres to restore the the pitch pine-oak at the Heath Rocky Summit. “This area is threatened,” Selinda Brandon, a DEC biologist, said, because of decades of fire suppression. Brandon said the plan would aid populations of ruffed grouse, wild turkey, white-tailed deer, furbearers, and several birds of prey. Brandon also said the DEC is very careful with fire. “We will have every safety measure we can in place,” including fire lines and water along the perimeter. Read the full story in the Ravena News-Herald.