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Lagoon Island Prescribed Burn
updated: Jul 09, 2012, 10:00 AM
UC Santa Barbara's Cheadle Center for Biodiversity and Ecological Restoration
(CCBER), the UCSB Fire Protection Division, the Santa Barbara County Fire
Department, and the county's Arson Task Force will conduct a prescribed burn on
UCSB's lagoon island on one day during the week of July 21-27.
The burn will be part of the ecological restoration of the area, according to
Lisa Stratton, director of ecosystem management at CCBER. "The burn is part of a
management effort to control non-native grasses and establish native coastal
bluff scrub vegetation," Stratton said. "We will be conducting the burn on the
day with the least amount of fog, in order to get a hot enough burn to reduce
the viability of the non-native seed bank."
Stratton said officials are hoping to conduct the burn on Saturday, July 21,
This will mark the fifth year that UCSB has conducted the burn. UCSB officials
have secured all of the necessary permits from the Coastal Commission and the
Air Pollution Control District, and campus officials have conducted a fire
safety meeting with Santa Barbara County fire officials.
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