A Prescribed Burn of Segments of the Kate Ireland Parkway is Planned March 16

By: Talll Timbers Press Release
By: Talll Timbers Press Release

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: lane@ttrs.org.

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  • by Control burns do eco system damage to trees, waterways, respiratory systems of wildlife (humans); burns their homes displacing victims, interupt bird migration, burns animals to death Location: Tallahassee, Agree with Human Wakulla on Mar 15, 2011 at 08:06 AM
    4 yrs ago a Reno, GA State Forrestry Dept. performed an unauthorized control burn on my 16 ac. tract. I immediately placed an order where they were to never enter my property again. Prior, for 73 years my Daddy and I maintained clearcut firebrakes that protected hardwoods, pasture, cropland on our 144 ac farm. We added a 40 ft. wide firebreak in 1980s that now lye in the middle of my 16 wooded tract that Daddy left me, which is located off Tired Ck Rd., SW Grady County. In the inferno, priceless hardwood oak, popular, magnolia, slash and loplolly pine stances had been thined, now destroyed; many trees that Daddy, GrandDaddy and I planted. A beautiful silver fox, hawk, & armidilo died in my (now pulluted)springfed creek. A big buck deer was dead in the road trying to flee the fire. Two huge land turtles perished, could not crawl fast enough, and those who left, never came back; their burrows abondoned. All too sad. My land provides safe refuge for wildlife who flee from fires and hunts.
  • by Anonymous on Mar 15, 2011 at 06:33 AM
    Human, I guess you aren't familiar with th concept of a controlled burn. A controlled burn is done in order to reduce the amount of underbrush. This actually decreases the odds of a full-on, out of control forest fire killing off your precious hummingbirds.
  • by Human Location: Wakulla on Mar 15, 2011 at 04:11 AM
    This is a very bad time of year to be burning the forest. The hummingbirds have just arrived and are breeding and building nests in the forest. There are also a lot of other migrating bird species arriving here. No wonder we are seeing a dramatic decrease in the numbers of birds in the area.
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