The crew listens as the Burn Boss gives the pre-burn briefing. These briefings include crew organization and assignment, current and future weather conditions, and objectives and plan for the upcoming burn.
The federally endangered Taylor’s checkerspot butterfly is found only on limited prairie sites through Washington and Oregon. These butterflies rely on prairie flowers as larvae and nectar sources. The Puget balsamroot seen here is one such nectar source.
The streaked horned lark is a federally threatened bird that prefers open landscapes like the prairies and fields of the south Puget Sound region. Prescribed burning is used to maintain these prairies and keep plants relatively low and sparse, important habitat characteristics for larks.
A Puget Sound Ecological Burn Program crew member burns part of the prairie that has been set aside as a research plot to answer questions about how variations in fire intensity affect butterfly habitat. Research such as this increases our understanding of how fire can help improve future management.