News Briefs

March 25, 2014

Prescribed burning set at Prime Hook Refuge

Prime Hook National Wildlife Refuge, in partnership with the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service’s Zone Fire Staff from the Blackwater National Wildlife Refuge in Cambridge, Md., local fire departments, and the Delaware Forest Service, will soon begin a burning program at the refuge. This year’s plan includes a total of nearly 90 acres of successional field and will take place in April 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 plant species and remove accumulated wildland hazardous fuels as planned in the refuge’s Comprehensive Conservation Plan.

The use of prescribed fire is an effective and cost-efficient method to accomplish these objectives. 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 frequently to inform the public regarding daily plans. The Prime Hook National Wildlife Refuge consists of over 10,144 acres of marsh, forest and uplands along the Delaware Bay between Slaughter Beach and Broadkill Beach, east of Milton.

For more information, call 302-684-8419 or go to

Lewes BPW meets March 26

The Lewes Board of Public Works will meet at 7 p.m., Wednesday, March 26, at city hall. The board is set to discuss 2014-15 operations budget and the 2014-15 through 2018-19 capital budget. Members will also consider the write-off of bad debt for fiscal year 2013-14 of $11,525 as well as discuss possible financing and grant opportunities through the State Office of Drinking Water and State Water Improvement Advisory Council. For more information, call the BPW office at 302-645-6228.

Cape Henlopen school board meets March 27

The Cape Henlopen school board will meet at 6 p.m., Thurs­day, March 27, in the cafeteria of Beacon Middle School. The board will consider contracting with a hearing officer to handle student discipline cases, discuss make-up hours for snow days and hear a referendum update.

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