Prescribed burn planned today at Gulf State Park

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Posted 11/17/20

A prescribed burn is planned today at Gulf State Park as part of a forest management plan associated with longleaf pine restoration, fuel reduction and invasive species management. The burn will take …

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Prescribed burn planned today at Gulf State Park

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A prescribed burn is planned today at Gulf State Park as part of a forest management plan associated with longleaf pine restoration, fuel reduction and invasive species management. The burn will take place in the Eagle Loop section of the park near Lake Shelby.

State Park Road (formerly Hwy 135) will be closed from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. Nov. 17. Barricades will be placed at two locations – State Park Road 2 (past Woodside Restaurant) and the easternmost point of the road (near the intersection at Beach Blvd). Please use an alternate route during the active burn period. Lakeview Trail, including the Eagle Loop section, will be closed during the burn.

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

Prescribed fire is an effective way to reduce wildfire risk, reduce fuel loads, enhance wildlife habitat and maintain a healthy forest ecosystem. This is especially important in the south Alabama coastal region due to vegetation type and a longer growing season.

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.