- Associated Press - Tuesday, September 22, 2015

BATON ROUGE, La. (AP) - The staff of a 3,700-acre state wildlife management area in Tangipahoa Parish has been recognized for its restoration and management of bobwhite quail habitat.

The state Department of Wildlife and Fisheries says Sandy Hollow is the state’s only wildlife management area dedicated to bobwhites.

Part of the work involves regular managed burns to promote the growth of native grasses, wildflowers and weeds suitable for bobwhites and other wildlife. That need for regular fires is what prompted naturalist Herbert Stoddard to call bobwhites “fire birds.”

A state news release Friday said the National Bobwhite Technical Committee recently gave the Sandy Hollow Burn Team one of six National Fire Bird Conservation Awards. The committee met in August in Galloway, New Jersey.

Florida, Kentucky, Missouri, Tennessee and Virginia also won awards.

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