Woodland Burn to Occur in ParkAnonymous - Tue Nov 26, 2013 @ 09:30PM
The Friends of Hickory Hill Park (FHHP) will conduct a prescribed woodland burn in an area just to the northeast of the Bloomington Street entrance to the park.
The date and time of the burn are dependent on the weather, but will likely occur sometime during the next month.
The burn will be a slow and low controlled fire that will not be visible from other areas of the park, though it will generate smoke. Some of the trails will be closed to ensure the safety of the public. Volunteers will arrive on site prior to the burn to secure the surrounding area and trails. The controlled fire will last several hours depending on conditions. Site monitoring will last several more hours after the fire is out.
The burn will be conducted under the direction a professional land restoration crew from EarthView Environmental. All plan- ning and preparation for the woodland burn has been done under the direction of land restoration professionals and the project is coordinated with Iowa City Parks Department and the Iowa City Fire Department. FHHP has secured a permit from the IC Fire Department.
FHHP has conducted prescribed burns in the woodland and open areas of the park for several years. Prescribed fir is a natural and beneficial element in the development of healthy and thriving woodlands and prairies. A prescribed burn has neither the heat nor intensity of wild forest fire and will not harm native herbaceous plants or mature trees but will help to control some invasive species that threaten the park.