Prescribed burns planned at Land Between the Lakes

The U.S. Forest Service says it plans to conduct two prescribed burns at Land Between The Lakes National Recreation Area starting this month. 

The forest service says the burns will help "reestablish fire’s natural role in the forest ecosystem while providing unique opportunities in environmental education and research." It says the fires will be set with goals of increasing habitat diversity and reducing hazardous fuels as well.

A Franklin Creek prescribed burn is 2,641 acres. The forest service says it’s located east of Woodlands Trace National Scenic Byway, north of U.S. 68/Kentucky 80. It lies within the Oak Grassland Demonstration Area, and the forest service says the future goal is to support an oak savannah.

A Buffalo Trail prescribed burn located west of Woodlands Trace, south of the South Bison Range, is 2,530 acres. The forest service says that 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 burn is being conducted to maintain the woodland condition while supporting research.

The forest service says the burns will be visible from all directions coming into Land Between The Lakes, and surrounding communities may see smoke in the short term. The bulk of smoke output will last two to three days, with less smoke each day.

The Forest Service will conduct pre- and post-burn plot monitoring, as well as smoke monitoring. For more information about the monitoring process and techniques, call the Acting Fire Management Officer, Todd Lerke, at 270-924-2092.

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