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Prescribed Burn Planned at Gulf State Park on December 31

Controlled burning reduces the risk of wildfire and helps provide natural food sources for many wildlife species - Photo by Billy Pope, ADCNR

A prescribed burn is planned at Gulf State Park as part of a forest management plan associated with longleaf pine restoration, fuel reduction and invasive species control. The planned burn will take place south of the Orange Beach Sportsplex in pitcher plant bog habitat on Tuesday, December 31, 2019.

This burn complies with a permit from the Alabama Forestry Commission. Every effort is being made to ensure safety and proper smoke management during the burn.

Prescribed fire is an important forest management tool used to improve ecosystems. Pitcher plant bogs thrive after prescribed burns because the burns reduce the number of small trees and shrubs that shade these sun loving plants.

For more information about the benefits of prescribed fire, visit www.outdooralabama.com/prescribed-fire-alabama.

The Alabama State Parks Division relies on visitor fees and the support of other partners like local communities to fund the majority of their operations. To learn more about Alabama State Parks, visit www.alapark.com.

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