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Raco Plains (USFS-Hiawatha NF); Landscape Management

Project #: 99897  –   Updated: May 21, 2012

Project Summary

Take a few minutes to view the recorded introduction by Steve Sjogren found as the first project link (Introductory Presentation) on the right side.

The 60,000 acre Raco Plains features a landscape management strategy designed to restore and maintain a substantial acreage of early successional and pine barren habitat, typically associated with wildfire.

Succession within this dynamic system is managed at a large scale using prescribed burning, timber sales and mechanical tools to maintain not only open land and savanna, but also a variety of age-classes of pine. Simulating wildfire a...

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Location (by county):
Chippewa County (MI)

Watersheds:
Carp-Pine, Waiska

Congressional Districts:
MI District 01

Bird Conservation Regions:
Boreal Hardwood Transition

USFWS Regions:
Midwest Region

Project size:
67237.67 acres

Public Access

Site Name Publicly Accessible
Raco Plains Yes
Prusik Timber Sale & Prescribed Burn Yes
Red Pine Savanna Burn May 2003 Yes
Mechanical Fuels Treatment April 2011 Yes
Jack Pine Regen Burn Oct 2010 Yes
Red Pine Regen Burn Oct 2010 pt 1 Yes
Red Pine Savanna Burn July 2010 Yes
Red Pine Regen Burn Oct 2010 pt 2 Yes

Full Project Description

Take a few minutes to view the recorded introduction by Steve Sjogren found as the first project link (Introductory Presentation) on the right side.

The 60,000 acre Raco Plains features a landscape management strategy designed to restore and maintain a substantial acreage of early successional and pine barren habitat, typically associated with wildfire.

Succession within this dynamic system is managed at a large scale using prescribed burning, timber sales and mechanical tools to maintain not only open land and savanna, but also a variety of age-classes of pine. Simulating wildfire at a stand and landscape scale provides multiple outputs including habitat for fire-adapted plant and animal species, commercial saw and pulp timber products and fuel breaks.

Goals and Targets

Primary motivations:

Conservation Mission

Consistent with plans:

Forest Plan
Hiawatha NF
Federal Land Management Plan
USFS
Species Recovery Plan
Kirtland's Warbler (Dendroica kirtlandii)

Targeted habitats:

    • Forests and Woodlands
    • Shrublands and Grasslands

Targeted species were not provided for this project.

Actions

Project Actions
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Outcomes

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

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