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Weather permitting, Horseshoe Bend National Military Park is planning to conduct prescribed fires this Thursday and Friday, March 22-23, 2018. The goals of using prescribed fire at Horseshoe Bend National Military Park are to reduce hazardous fuel accumulations and to restore and maintain a diverse and functioning ecosystem. The fires will be concentrated in the northeast section of the park. Within this area are remnant mountain longleaf pine (Pinus palustris), a fire dependent species, and its accompanying ecosystem. This pine species is found on upper slopes within mixed hardwood forests; however, it is at risk due to excessive duff buildup and stand densities. These conditions create an environment unfavorable for longleaf pine regeneration and could lead to severe wildfires.
The objectives of the prescribed fires were established to benefit of the park’s long-term natural and cultural resources. Keeping the litter burned off should remove the source of new duff and allow total volumes of duff to slowly decrease through decomposition and mixing with mineral soils by soil organisms.
Visitors to the park and motorists traveling in the local area could experience some light drift smoke within the park and along local roadways. Please drive slowly with your headlights on and be on the lookout for fire personnel who may be working near the roadways.
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