Saturday, December 8th - 2:00 p.m. - Burning in the Bayou
Historically this area saw lightning-caused fires every 1-3 years, but a century of fire suppression has changed the landscape. Learn why fire is necessary for a healthy ecosystem during the "Burning in the Bayou" program. Discover how fire renews a landscape and leaves open spaces for pitcher plants and sundews, gopher tortoise and the Mississippi sandhill crane. In a place that regularly sees storm debris piled high, fire cleanses the forest to allow light to reach under the canopy, "sparking" new growth. Join our Junior Ranger Ambassador to learn more! This program meets at the William M. Colmer Visitor Center. Weather permitting; we will take a short walk to view results of a recent burn.