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CALENDAR ANNOUNCEMENT: April 7, 2011
CONTACT: DEP Press Office, (850) 245-2112
  Chris Mckendree (352) 427-0640

Prescribed Burn Planned for Cross Florida Greenway

~Portion of trail likely to see prescribed burn this week~

OCALA – The Florida Department of Environmental Protection’s (DEP) Office of Greenways & Trails will conduct a prescribed burn, weather permitting, on the Marjorie Harris Carr Cross Florida Greenway in Ocala today, Thursday, April 7, 2011.

The prescribed burn will consist of approximately 90 acres of Sandhill community in the area due east of the Silver Springs shores development. Prescribed fires are only conducted when weather parameters are suitable. The final decision to burn is made daily, after reviewing the Predicted Fire Weather forecast for that particular day and in coordination with local Division of Forestry fire officials.

Prescribed burning mimics natural fire cycles to restore healthy forests and natural communities, reduce undergrowth that accumulates over time and decreases the potential for wildfire. Burned lands experience an increase in native wildflowers, birds and other wildlife.

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Last updated: April 07, 2011

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