Bladon Springs
Blue Springs
Buck's Pocket
Cathedral Caverns
Cheaha
Chewacla
Chickasaw
DeSoto
Florala
Frank Jackson
Gulf
Joe Wheeler
Lake Guntersville
Lake Lurleen
Lakepoint
Meaher
Monte Sano
Oak Mountain
Paul M. Grist
Rickwood Caverns
Roland Cooper
Wind Creek
Biking
Camping
Fishing
Golf
Hiking
Dining
Geocaching
Horseback Riding   
Events
Camping
Lodges
Resorts
Equestrian Campground 
Weddings
Business Meetings
Brochures
Reservations
Parks Directory
Dog Friendly
Events
Dining
Specials & Packages
Weekday Rewards
  Call 1-800-ALAPARK (1-800-252-7275)
  Find A Park What to Do Where to Stay Meeting Facilities Plan Your Visit
View print version

Press Release

Prescribed Burn Planned for Gulf State Park mid-February through March 2013

February 15, 2013

A prescribed burn on 62 acres within Gulf State Park is planned for mid-February through March 2013, weather permitting.  Alabama State Parks, in partnership with the Alabama Forestry Commission and the cities of Orange Beach and Gulf Shores, will conduct the burn as part of a Pitcher Plant Bog/Longleaf Pine Management Plan. The burn will take place on two separate 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 the surrounding areas during the burn period. The cities of Orange Beach and Gulf Shores fire departments have been notified and will be on standby if needed.
 
The Pitcher Plant Bog/Longleaf Pine Management Plan at Gulf State Park is an ongoing restoration project in which alternate zones are burned on a three-year basis. Longleaf Pine habitat is crucial for the sustainability of various species including:  bobwhite quail, whitetail deer, eastern wild turkey, eastern indigo snake, gopher tortoise and the Bachman’s sparrow.
 
Prescribed fire is a safe way to apply a natural process that benefits various habits, reduces wildfire risk and ensures ecosystem health. Regular prescribed burns of fire-tolerant longleaf pine forests helps to eliminate competition from understory vegetation such as maple, gum, hickory and oak. Prescribed burns also help to fuel the growth of wildlife food sources such as native grasses, wildflowers and forbs. To learn more about prescribed fire in Alabama, visit the Watchable Wildlife section of outdooralabama.com.
 
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 .
 
###