Prescribed burning in the large meadow
With the assistance of the New Jersey Forest Fire Service and Rutgers University Emergency Services, a controlled burn was undertaken Feb 21, 2013, on the large meadow interior to the EcoPreserve. This management action is part of a long term goal of restoring the ecological health and native species diversity to the EcoPreserve. An area of tallgrass meadow of approximately 1/2 acre in size in the interior of the Preserve was targeted. This controlled burn will have great ecological benefits in maintaining this meadow as habitat for a greater diversity of native grasses and wildflowers, improve the meadow as habitat for bird species such as woodcock, reduce flammable fuel loads and serve as a teaching demonstration of this commonly applied ecological management technique. The plan for the prescribed fire was first developed by several Rutgers undergraduate students in the SEBS Principles of Natural Resource Management class (Fall 2012) in consultation with Trevor Raynor of the New Jersey Forest Fire Service (NJFFS) and Richard Lathrop, course instructor.