RALEIGH, N.C. (September 27, 2011) – Members of the N.C. Wildlife Resources Sandhills Game Land Management Team have been presented the first ever Division of Wildlife Management Prescribed Burning Award. The award was presented at the annual meeting of the North Carolina Prescribed Fire Council.
The award was given by the Commission’s Division of Wildlife Management to honor the Sandhills Crew’s contributions in the implementation and promotion of prescribed fire as a natural resource management tool. Crew members include Bill Parsons, Chris Jordon, Lee Criscoe, Rupert Medford, Jake Marquess, Brian Smith, Michael Huffman, Brady Beck, Lincoln Sadler, Doug Dawkins, Jimmy Richardson, Dakota Hunter and Justin Tuttle.
Through prescribed fire, the crew have improved and helped restore the habitat of numerous species of ground nesting birds, fox squirrels, rare amphibians and reptiles, as well as plants and habitats. In many cases, each species requires