• UWA plans prescribed fire for Prairie Restoration Area

    Posted: March 07, 2011

    Author: Betsy Compton

    LIVINGSTON, Ala.—On March 10 and 11, portions of the UWA Prairie Restoration area near the Lake LU Nature Trails will be burned as part of an ongoing management strategy. Campus visitors should expect to see plumes of smoke both Thursday and Friday between noon and 5 pm.

    If you should see smoke, please be aware that UWA Campus Police, the Livingston Fire and Police departments and the Alabama Forestry Commission have been notified of our burn plan and are standing by in case their assistance is needed.

    Prescribed fire is the controlled application of fire to naturally occurring vegetative fuels for ecological, agricultural and wildlife management purposes. This only occurs once appropriate precautionary measures are taken, and only under specific environmental conditions. In each case, prescribed fires are confined to a pre-determined area, and accomplish planned habitat management objectives.

    For our Blackland Prairies, prescribed fire is an important tool in keeping native areas free of exotic species and prevents the encroachment of the surrounding trees and other woody vegetation within the prairie. Furthermore, burning fosters growth and promotes seed germination in many of our native prairie plants. In turn, these plants support various wildlife such as Bobwhite Quail, Grasshopper Sparrows and bobcat.

    If you have questions about the Lake LU Nature Trail system, please contact Robby Limerick at (205) 652-9266 or lrr@uwa.edu. For additional information on using prescribed fire as a management tool, please contact Dr. Lee Stanton, director of the Black Belt Conservation and Research Institute, at (205) 652-3415 or lstanton@uwa.edu.  
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