The BLM uses an Integrated Weed Management Strategy at Cronan Ranch; weed treatments include herbicide application, sheep grazing and prescribed fire to kill invasive, noxious weeds like Medusa head and yellow starthistle plants, before they have a chance to set seed. Prescribed fire helps increase the diversity of vegetation like native purple needle grass, restores balance to the ecosystem by reducing the available fuel load, and helps minimize fire starts along the trail system.
The BLM is committed to keeping public landscapes healthy and productive. The exact timing of the prescribed burn will depend on temperature, wind and relative humidity and is being conducted in close coordination with the El Dorado Air Quality Management District. Smoke may be visible in the communities of Lotus and Pilot Hill. Updated information will be provided on BLM California social media sites using #RxBurn.
Cronan Ranch is part of a popular hiking, biking and equestrian trail system that has roughly 30,000 visitors annually. For more information, please call the Mother Lode Field Office at 916-941-3101.
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