Prescribed Burn Planned for Gulf State Park March 2010
A prescribed burn on 24 acres within Gulf State Park is planned for March 2010, weather permitting. The Alabama State Parks Division, in conjunction with the Alabama Forestry Commission and the cities of Orange Beach and Gulf Shores will conduct this burn as part of a Pitcher Plant Bog/Longleaf Pine Management Plan. The burn will take place on two separate small tracts of land located east of the Hugh S. Branyon Backcountry Trail.
Every effort will be made to ensure proper smoke management and safety of surrounding areas during this period. As evidenced in past burns, the cities of Orange Beach and Gulf Shores Fire Departments will assist as needed.
The Pitcher Plant Bog/Longleaf Pine Management Plan is an ongoing restoration project, burning alternate zones on a three year basis. Longleaf Pine habitat is crucial for the sustainability of various species including: bobwhite quail, whitetail deer, eastern turkey, eastern indigo snake, gopher tortoise and the Bachman’s sparrow.
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