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by Alison L Kent
on June 2, 2014 at 11:34 AM
Exciting you were able to do this given extreme fire danger...
by Charles A Raguse
on June 3, 2014 at 7:42 AM
Interesting photo. Can you specify what native species have "invaded" at this location? Thanks
by Charles A Raguse
on June 5, 2014 at 2:18 PM
This burn, conducted with vanishing small hazard to adjacent residences, marks an excellent beginning to a valuable long-term program. But a few questions, por favor:  
Were data on resident plant species at this site carefully collected, along with some indication of abundance?  
Will this site be re-burned on some set of pre-determined yearly time intervals?  
If continued, will it include comparable plant communities and physical site characteristics?  
If continued, will it have a valid experimental design and a reasonable number of replications necessary to ensure that data obtained are reliable enough to justify extrapolation to other locations in the general area?  
Given the extensive acreage of the SFREC and,if support resources are available, the above-outlined program can be carried out successfully.  
The SFREC has a long history of conducting control burns, which it can draw upon, including some that posed danger if things got out of hand, but with due care and the support of Cal Fire the risks to be incurred are small.  
There are two main "take-home" points: 1.This is doable. 2. It is worth doing only if it is conducted according to a well thought-out plan with commitment to adhere to its specifications.  
It shouldn't be a "Let's just do it and see what happens."
by Dustin K. Flavell
on June 9, 2014 at 8:32 AM
@ Alison: We were able to execute this burn prior to the extreme fire danger the North State is experiencing now. We work closely with both CALFIRE and the local air quality to ensure a safe and effective burn on a day that has been deemed a "burn day" by air quality and the state fire marshal.  
 
@ Charlie: The invaders at this location were yellow star-thistle and medusahead neither of which is "native".
 
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