Prescribed Burn in Occoneechee Mountain State Natural Area Thursday 4/8

‘Tis the season, and the Burn Crew will be conducting another prescribed burn at the Occoneechee Mountain State Natural Area Thursday.  The Natural Area will be closed during this time until 10am Friday morning. This planned fire is beneficial to the environment, and:

  • Reduces hazardous fuels, protecting human communities from extreme fires;
  • Minimizes the spread of pest insects and disease;
  • Removes unwanted species that threaten species native to an ecosystem;
  • Provides forage for game;
  • Improves habitat for threatened and endangered species;
  • Recycles nutrients back to the soil; and
  • Promotes the growth of trees, wildflowers, and other plants

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