Workshop/Field Trip September 23rd: “Bosque del Apache NWR: Fire and wildlife management in a shortgrass wetland landscape”

The 57,000 acre Bosque del Apache National Wildlife Refuge is a unique landscape with uplands and water features, including a stretch of the Rio Grande River. It provides an important wintering ground for cranes and geese. Refuge staff depend upon and utilize various tools to manage the Bosque del Apache National Wildlife Refuge for the benefit of wildlife. Management tools used on the refuge include prescribed burning, exotic plant control, moist soil management, farming and water level manipulation. Prescribed burns are conducted to improve habitat for a variety of wildlife despite an average annual rainfall of 8.5 inches. A unique outreach program explains to the public how fire benefits the ecosystem and supports the many wildlife species at the refuge. Management activities and outreach programs will be explained and viewed during this all-day interactive workshop. Opportunities to view native and exotic wildlife should be abundant! **To attend, you MUST register for at least one day of the The Wildlife Society Conference!

Organizers: Carol Blocksome, Kansas State University, Manhattan, KS; Barb Satink Wolfson, Southwest Fire Science Consortium, Flagstaff, AZ; Shaula Hedwall, US Fish and Wildlife Service, Flagstaff, AZ

Supported by: Great Plains Fire Science Exchange, Southwest Fire Science Consortium