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2/14/2018 Member News

Prescribed Burn Planned for Friday at Boyd Hill Nature Preserve

CITY OF ST. PETERSBURG
Parks and Recreation Department

CONTACT: Boyd Hill Nature Preserve, 727-893-7236 

Prescribed Burn Planned for Friday at Boyd Hill Nature Preserve 

St. Petersburg, FL (February 14, 2018) - Officials at Boyd Hill Nature Preserve, 1101 Country Club Way S. in St. Petersburg are planning a prescribed burn on Friday, February 16, weather permitting. It will begin approximately at 10 a.m. and is expected to be completed by the end of the day.  Weather is crucial in determining that a prescribed burn is conducted under the safest conditions possible and to allow for proper smoke dispersion. 

Smoke from the burn is likely to disperse over Boyd Hill Nature Preserve and Lake Maggiore. The preserve's trails will be closed on the day of the prescribed burn, but the picnic area and education center will be open. If the weather forecast is considered unfavorable for the planned burn, it will be canceled, and the public will be notified of the rescheduled date. 

Prescribed burning reduces the risk of dangerous and destructive wildfires by consuming the natural build-up of dead vegetation. Additional benefits include natural pine regeneration, new growth of nutritious plants for wildlife to eat, recycling of nutrients into the soil (ash), maintaining a healthy habitat for gopher tortoises, control of domineering vines and hardwoods in the pineland and scrub habitat, reduction in the cost of mowing and manual land maintenance and improvement of the appearance of the landscape. 

For more information, call Boyd Hill Nature Preserve at 727-893-7326.

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727 893-7465 voice

727 892-5372 FAX

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