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      Seney National Wildlife Refuge to conduct prescribed burn

      Seney National Wildlife Refuge will be conducting its first prescribed burn of the year Friday June 27.

      The burn will be 160 acres located directly south of Refuge Entrance Road. Portions of the Marshland Wildlife Drive will be temporarily closed to the public, so visitors should check with the Refuge Visitors Center in regards to route changes. The implementation of this burn will be dependent on weather conditions and will not be held if conditions are not favorable.

      Authorities say the purpose of the burns conducted is to enhance the habitat for a number of species of wildlife including marshland song birds, black bears, white-tailed deer, waterfowl, and sharp-tailed grouse. The burns will also reduce fuel loading in an effort to reduce the severity of wildfires.

      If you have any questions, please contact Gary Lindsay, Fire Management Officer, at (906) 586-9851 ext. 19. You may also contact the Visitor Center at (906) 586-9851 ext. 15.