CNLM burn program recognized with SERNW award

In the fall of 2017, our burn program was honored to receive the PNW Society of Ecological Restoration’s “Program of the Year Award” in recognition of our advancement of prescribed ecological fire in the region. In addition, Mason McKinley received their annual “Special Award” for his role in the development and success of the burn program over the past 10 years.

 In that time, our burn program has completed more than 600 burns in South and North Puget Sound, using prescribed fire as a powerful conservation and restoration tool to promote the various native plants and animals and facilitate control of invasive species. Our program (in partnership with Joint Base Lewis-McChord), has grown and scaled up dramatically over the years to meet the ecological restoration needs of the region, growing from one to two burns annually in 2008 to over 90 burns in 2017. Despite 2017 being the hottest, driest, and smokiest summer on record for the Puget Sound region, we completed an impressive 80 burns on seven different Puget Sound properties totaling to 2,037 acres, along with 13 additional burns in Oregon totaling 1,442 acres.

Mason McKinley (fourth from the left) and our 2017 burn team after being awarded the Special Award and Program of the Year Award, respectively.