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1 Burn Baby Burn Utilizing Prescribed Burning to Deter White-tailed Deer Usage on the AOA

2 Over 13,000 acres Airfield – approx. 2,500 acres Avg. aircraft movements – 136,577 Aircraft type AV – 8B KC – 130J EA – 6B Transient – Commercial F-35 (coming soon) MCAS Cherry Point : Home of the 2 nd Marine Air Wing No Fence Around AOA

3 Burn Baby Burn: Observations of White-tailed Deer on the AOA

4 5,696 Observed on AOA ( ) 18 Deer/Aircraft Strikes ( ) BAD DEAL for EVERYONE!

5 Burn Baby Burn: Currently used Techniques Bi- monthly spotlight surveys Night-time runway sweeps Harassment Depredation Hunting program Bucky, the buffet is open Spike, no one will bother us out here!

6 Burn Baby Burn: Study Objectives Change deer movement Avian species Plant communities Decrease in mowing cycle

7 Burn Baby Burn: Why use fire? Used for centuries Easy to use Limited use of resources Manpower Money

8 RWY 23R Burn 1 (B1) Control 1 (C1) RWY 32L Burn 2 (B2) Control 2 (C2)

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10 Pre BurnPost Burn Burn Baby Burn: White-tailed Deer Observations

11 Burn Baby Burn: Avian Observations

12 Burn Baby Burn: Vegetative Cover (Plot 1) BurnControl

13 Burn Baby Burn: Vegetative Cover (Plot 2) BurnControl

14 Burn Baby Burn: Dominate Grass Species (Plot 1) BurnControl

15 BurnControl Burn Baby Burn: Dominate Grass Species (Plot 2)

16 Burn Baby Burn: Conclusions Overall average combined reduction of 77% Didn’t change avian species composition Vegetation composition Plot 1 more tall fescue Plot 2 panicum


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