Tallahassee, FL – Weather permitting, a prescribed burn of segments of the Kate Ireland Parkway (US 319/ SR 61 in Leon County, FL) is planned Wednesday, March 16 (the alternate date is Wed., March 17.)
The burn is a joint effort of members of the North Florida Prescribed Fire Council, the Florida Division of Forestry, Tall Timbers Research Station & Land Conservancy, the Florida Department of Environmental Protection, the Florida Department of Transportation (FDOT), the Florida Highway Patrol (FHP), the Florida Fish & Wildlife Conservation Commission and the Georgia State Patrol (GSP). FDOT will provide traffic control including signs and message boards. The FHP and FDOT Motor Carrier Compliance officers will assist with traffic control. The GSP will control traffic from the north, which will encounter the burn immediately south of the FL/GA line.
There will be a media briefing Wednesday, March 16, at 10:00 AM, at a staging area just north of County Road 12 on the south bound side of US 319. The approximate time for ignition of the burn is 11:00 AM.
The Kate Ireland Parkway (KIP) is the recipient of a 2008 Exemplary Ecosystem Initiative (EEI) award from the Federal Highway Administration, “for developing a sustainable landscape restoration and vegetation management initiative using prescribed burn methods.” The KIP burn is an opportunity for the motoring public to see not only a safe prescribed burn being conducted along a highway, but also to later see wildflowers bloom in the open park-like median, a direct result of this land management practice.
Prescribed burning is a safe way to apply a natural process, ensure ecosystem health and reduce wildfire risk. For more information about the benefits of prescribed burning, contact Lane Green, Executive Director Tall Timbers Research Station & Land Conservancy 850.893.4153, x239 or email: firstname.lastname@example.org.