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April 20, 2017

Prescribed fires underway in Delaware Water Gap National Recreation Area

BUSHKILL – The Delaware Water Gap National Recreation Area is planning its annual series of prescribed burns in the coming weeks. The areas to be burned involve approximately 600 acres of grasses, shrubs, and woodlands in Pennsylvania and New Jersey. In Pennsylvania, the planned burn locations, totaling about 340 acres, include several tracts of land south of Route 206 near Milford, Loch Lomond, and along River Road.   

Depending on favorable weather and site conditions, the first burns, planned for the New Jersey sites, could start late in this week. Because certain prescription parameters must be met (including wind speed, relative humidity, fuel moisture, and drought index), it is not possible to precisely schedule prescribed fires in advance. Roads, visitor use facilities, and hiking trails may be temporarily closed while burns are underway.

Prescribed fire is an approved tool for natural resource management throughout the National Park System and is part of Delaware Water Gap National Recreation Area’s fire management program. The primary objectives are: restoration and perpetuation of scenic and cultural landscapes, including native plant species; reduction of wildland fuel loading; and enhancement of wildlife habitat.

 


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