U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service-Kirtland's Warbler Wildlife Management Area

Project #: 100773  –   Updated: April 11, 2012

Project Summary

This Demonstration Area represents the only prescribed fire used at the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service's Kirtland's Warbler Wildlife Management Area (KWWMA). This nearly 80-acre prescribed fire in Oscoda Co., Michigan occurred during the 1992 field season and was the result of cooperative effort between the Michigan DNR and the staff of Seney National Wildlife Refuge. The site demonstrates the difference between patterns of fire in jack pine forests and the patterns of plantations made for Kirtland's Warbler habitat (surrounding area, figure below).

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Location (by county):
Oscoda County (MI)

Watersheds:
Au Sable

Congressional Districts:
MI District 01

Bird Conservation Regions:
Boreal Hardwood Transition

USFWS Regions:
Midwest Region

Project size:
80.19 acres

Public Access

Site Name Publicly Accessible
USFWS-Kirtland's Warbler Wildlife Mgt Area Yes

Full Project Description

This Demonstration Area represents the only prescribed fire used at the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service's Kirtland's Warbler Wildlife Management Area (KWWMA). This nearly 80-acre prescribed fire in Oscoda Co., Michigan occurred during the 1992 field season and was the result of cooperative effort between the Michigan DNR and the staff of Seney National Wildlife Refuge. The site demonstrates the difference between patterns of fire in jack pine forests and the patterns of plantations made for Kirtland's Warbler habitat (surrounding area, figure below).

Goals and Targets

Primary motivations:

Conservation Mission
Jack Pine Ecosystem Management, Endangered Species

Consistent with plans:

Federal Land Management Plan
KWWMA Comprehensive Conservation Plan (CCP)

Targeted habitats:

    • Forests and Woodlands
      • Conifer Forests
        • Laurentian Jack Pine-Red Pine Forest

Targeted species:

  • Kirtland's Warbler Dendroica kirtlandii

Actions

Project Actions
Conduct prescribed burns Show/Hide details
Other: Conduct Ecological Studies Show/Hide details

Outcomes

Is the success of this project's actions being monitored?   Yes

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Warbler singing male counts are conducted each year

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Organization

Seney National Wildlife Refuge
(Federal Government)

Primary Contact

R. Gregory Corace III, Ph.D  (Forester (Ecologist)
Seney National Wildlife Refuge
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