Controlled burn planned in national forest
PEDRO, Ohio -- The U.S. Forest Service is planning a controlled burn of about 1,000 acres of the Wayne National Forest within the next six weeks, according to a news release.
The Ironton Ranger district will conduct the burn in the Decatur, Symmes and Washington townships areas of Lawrence County between now and May 6, according to the news release from Gary C. Chancey, public affairs staff officer for the Wayne National Forest.
The Forest Service is scheduling the prescribed burn to keep oak and hickory forests from losing dominance in the Ironton Ranger District, Chancey said in the release.
"This forest type is fire dependent, meaning occasional prescribed burning actually helps them outcompete other species of trees like shade-loving maple and beech," Chancey said.
The goal is to create conditions that allow young oak and hickory trees to thrive, according to the release.
Prior to the prescribed burn, forest service staff will visit adjacent landowners to advise them of the project and answer questions, Chancey said.
"Fire lines have been constructed in order to provide the highest degree of safety," Chancey said.
Environmental factors including temperature, humidity, atmosphere stability, wind direction and speed as well as smoke disbursement are taken into account prior to any prescribed burn, according to the release.
Anyone seeking additional information can check out the forest service website at http://www.fs.usda.gov/wayne.
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