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Prescribed Burns Planned for December

December 9, 2015 | Press Release from Land Between The Lakes

The U.S. Forest Service anticipates conducting two prescribed burns at Land Between The Lakes National Recreation Area beginning in December 2015.

These burns will help to reestablish fire’s natural role in the forest ecosystem, while providing unique opportunities in environmental education and research. Specific goals also include increasing habitat diversity and reducing hazardous fuels.

The Franklin Creek prescribed burn is 2,641 acres. It is located east of Woodlands Trace National Scenic Byway, north of highway US68/KY80. This burn unit lies within the Oak Grassland Demonstration Area and the future goal to support an oak-savannah. Austin Peay University students also conduct snake habitat research in this location.

The Buffalo Trail prescribed burn is 2,530 acres. It is located west of Woodlands Trace, south of the South Bison Range. This burn unit is associated with research being done by students at the University of Tennessee at Knoxville evaluating the effects of prescribed fire on birds. The purpose of this burn is to maintain the woodland condition while supporting research.

Due to their locations, these burns will be visible from all directions coming into Land Between The Lakes. Smoke may also have variable short term effects on surrounding communities. The bulk of smoke output will last 2-3 days with less smoke each day.

The Forest Service will conduct pre- and post-burn plot monitoring, as well as smoke monitoring. Anyone who would like to learn more about the monitoring process and techniques can call the Acting Fire Management Officer, Todd Lerke, at 270-924-2092.

Land Between The Lakes staff will notify local media outlets on days when prescribed burns are scheduled. Timely notices can be found at www.landbetweenthelakes.us on the Alerts page, or by calling 1-800-525-7077 or 270-924-2000.

Land Between The Lakes National Recreation Area manages more than 170,000 acres in western Kentucky and Tennessee as part of the U.S. Forest Service and the Department of Agriculture’s public lands program. Land Between The Lakes offers outdoor recreation, lake access, land management, and environmental education to over 1.4 million visitors annually. The Friends of Land Between The Lakes works in partnership with the Forest Service providing program services, funds development, and volunteer support.

To find more information about Land Between The Lakes, log on to the official website at www.landbetweenthelakes.us or call toll-free at 1-800-LBL-7077 or local at 270-924-2000. For more information on the Friends of Land Between The Lakes, log on towww.friendsoflbl.org. To subscribe to the official electronic newsletter, send an email to LBLinfo@fs.fed.us. Land Between The Lakes official Twitter accounts include @LBLScreechOwl, @LBLNature, @LBLHomeplace, and @LandBtwnLakes, and Pinterestwww.pinterest.com/lblnra. Photos are available on Flickr for downloading at https://www.flickr.com/photos/lblkytn/sets.

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Photo by Cliff Grizzard

Karson takes advantage of the last few minutes of daylight by paddleboarding on Kentucky Lake.