Prescribed Burn Planned for Grandfather Ranger District Today

The U.S. Forest Service plans to conduct a 120-acre prescribed burn in the Grandfather Ranger District, Pisgah National Forest, on Thursday, February 11, 2016.

The agency will conduct the one-day burn near the Woodlawn Township, north of Marion, NC along the Clinchfield Railroad. The objective of the burn is fuel reduction.

The Forest Service is conducting the burn as part of the Grandfather Restoration Project, a 10-year project designed to restore 40,000 acres of the Grandfather Ranger District. The project is restoring fire-adapted ecosystems by enhancing conditions for a variety of native plants and wildlife, controlling non-native species, and protecting hemlocks against hemlock woolly adelgids.

The Mountains to Sea Trail from Dobson Knob Road to the footbridge over the North Fork of the Catawba River will be closed during operations.

The safety of the public and firefighters is the highest priority during a prescribed burn. The public is asked to heed signs posted at trailheads and roads and to stay away from burn areas and closed roads and trails.

The NC Forest Service and The Nature Conservancy are assisting in the prescribed burn.

 

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