Controlled Burn of Longleaf Pine Forest Tracts Scheduled for March 11
The University of North Carolina Wilmington is working with the North
Carolina Division of Forest Resources to conduct a controlled burn of
selected tracts within the longleaf pine forest on the east side of main
campus. The burn is planned for 10 a.m. on Tuesday, March 11 as weather conditions permit.
The burn will be of low
intensity and only on the ground, not in the trees, and is expected to
last approximately half a day. All safety measures will be observed,
with the burn conducted by the N.C. Division of Forest Resources with
assistance from UNCW Landscape Services and public safety officials if
The burn may cause smoke on campus and in nearby
neighborhoods for a brief time period, but these conditions will be
minimized as much as possible due to favorable weather conditions and
other safety controls.
A controlled burn is designed to
decrease the chances of a more intense and hazardous wildfire by
destroying the fuel load of the accumulated layer of leaf litter. The
controlled burn will also improve the health of the longleaf pine
forest, which is a fire-dependent ecosystem.
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