Prescribed Burns Planned for Wind Creek State Park
State parks personnel will be conducting several prescribed burns along State Highway 128 within Wind Creek State Park from mid-February to mid-March as part of a Piedmont longleaf ecosystem restoration project. This project will be following approved burn plans and permits from the Alabama Forestry Commission and the Alexander City Fire Department.
Prescribed fire is a safe way to apply a natural process that benefits various habits, reduces wildfire risk and ensures ecosystem health. Wildlife habitat and animals such as deer, turkeys, and quail flourish in areas that are maintained with prescribed fire. Some rare animals such as the red-cockaded woodpecker and the gopher tortoise require fire-adapted habitats to survive.
Recently Gov. Bob Riley designated February 2010 as Prescribed Fire Awareness Month. The official proclamation encourages all Alabamians to learn about the importance of prescribed burning to the stewardship of our natural resources and its role in the protection of our citizens from wildfires.
The Alabama Department of Conservation and Natural Resources promotes wise stewardship, management and enjoyment of Alabama’s natural resources through five divisions: Marine Police, Marine Resources, State Lands, State Parks, and Wildlife and Freshwater Fisheries. To learn more about ADCNR, visit www.outdooralabama.com