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Friday, April 18, 2014

CONTROLLED BURN ON STATE GAME LANDS 176 PLANNED FOR MONDAY

CONTROLLED BURN ON STATE GAME LANDS 176 PLANNED FOR MONDAY

Weather conditions appear favorable.

The Pennsylvania Game Commission says it’s likely a controlled burn on the Scotia Barrens, part of State Game Lands 176 in Centre County, will be conducted on Monday, April 21.

Controlled burns are used by the Game Commission on game lands statewide to improve plant and wildlife habitats, and reduce the chance of wildfire.

Burns are weather-dependant, and could be called off because of adverse conditions. When burning on State Game Lands 176, the Game Commission tries to notify local media 24 to 48 hours in advance.

The tract likely to be burned on Monday comprises 81 acres and is known as Unit 11.

Depending on conditions, the Game Commission plans to burn up to five units totaling 340 acres on State Game Lands 176. The potential burn window runs approximately until May 24.

The purpose of the burns is to restore the pitch pine/scrub oak ecosystem on the Scotia Barrens. Residents might see or smell smoke emerging from the Scotia Barrens during the burning.

State Game Lands 176 currently contains 6,231 acres in Ferguson, Half Moon and Patton townships.

1 comment :

Anonymous said...

about time they started doing this again you will see the flea and tick population go down with these controlled burns