Prime Hook National Wildlife Refuge, 11978 Turkle Pond Road, Milton, in partnership with the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service’s Zone Fire Staff, local fire departments and the Delaware Forest Service, will begin a landscape burning program at the refuge.

This year’s plan includes a total of nearly 400 acres of successional fields and will take place beginning the week of March 20 through April 15, contingent upon optimal burn conditions.

The purposes for this year’s burn will be to set back succession to early stages to benefit grassland dwelling birds, counteract against undesired nonnative plant species and remove accumulated wildland hazardous fuels as anticipated in the refuge’s Comprehensive Conservation Plan. Trained prescribed burning specialists will conduct the burns.

Weather conditions such as rainfall and wind speed and direction will determine when the burning will occur. Prime Hook Refuge’s website will be updated to inform the public regarding daily plans.

The Prime Hook National Wildlife Refuge includes over 10,144 acres of marsh, forest and uplands along the Delaware Bay between Slaughter Beach and Broadkill Beach, east of Milton.

For information, call 684-8419 or visit fws.gov/refuge/Prime_Hook.