Saturday, January 22, 2022

Prescribed Burns Planned


Resource management staff at Rookery Bay National Estuarine Research Reserve have released plans for their first prescribed burns in 2019. Prescribed burns will commence each day around 9 AM as weather permits starting January 19 through the end of March. 

Fires are planned for the following areas: west of Collier Boulevard and south of Henderson Creek, along Powerline Road (adjacent to Artesia and Treviso Bay), along Shell Island Road, and north and south ends of Keewaydin Island. 

Rookery Bay Reserve staff coordinate burns with the Florida Forestry Service and work with partnering land managers and local fire departments to ensure the burns are conducted safely and efficiently.

Residents in the adjacent areas will see and possibly smell smoke from the fire. Fire personnel will contact visitors in the area to ensure their safety while traveling near activity areas and will carefully monitor the fire throughout the day until it extinguishes.

“The main purpose of these burns is to reduce fuel loads and manage wildlife habitat,” said Rookery Bay Reserve Resource Management Coordinator Jeff Carter. “Prescribed burns also help to increase ecosystem diversity, while assisting in invasive plant control.”

 According to Carter, a major portion of Collier County is comprised of plants that are dependent on fire to maintain species composition and diversity. These species are the same as those that are prone to lightning-strike wildfires and the controlled reduction of those fuels will prevent catastrophic wildfire damage. Fire-dependent plants include, the South Florida slash pine, gallberry, saw palmetto and scrub oaks.

There are several reasons why prescribed fire is used as a management tool in natural areas, including:

  • Reduction of fuel load to decrease threat of wildfires;
  • Stimulation of food and seed production and opening areas for wildlife feeding and travel;
  • Ecosystem diversity;
  • Enhanced endangered and threatened species habitat; and
  • Invasive plant control.

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One response to “Prescribed Burns Planned”

  1. Charlotte Ferraro says:

    You really Gotta Be Kidding!!!

    Did you Forget the Poor Results from Last Years Catastrophe Of a PRESCRIBED BURN????????
    I live in Fiddler’s Creek

    This is the year 2019 not 1920’s

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