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Does wildland fire impact mercury in fish?

 

Wildland fire is a natural part of forest ecosystems in the Great Lakes region. In wilderness areas like Boundary Waters Canoe Wilderness Area (BWCWA) of the Superior National Forest, managers use prescribed fire to mimic this natural process. Prescribed fire can also be used as a tool to mitigate wildfire risk. A recent study in the Journal of Environmental Quality sought to determine if mercury levels in fish were impacted in burned watersheds. 

 

Read the full article in the August issue of CSA News.