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  • joppaj

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    From their FB Page, something for you pyromaniacs:

    New window for the controlled burn is next week!

    Controlled burn planned for Rocky Gap State Park for the week of Nov 4~11

    Rocky Gap and Nature Conservancy to host public viewing station at The Hawks Nest concession stand starting at 11 am.
    Flintstone MD —Rocky Gap State Park has announced that it is planning to conduct a 90-acre controlled burn on Evitt’s Mountain on November 7 or the days following in partnership with The Nature Conservancy and the Maryland Department of Natural Resources (DNR) if weather conditions permit. The final timing of the controlled burn will be dependent on weather and site conditions, so updates on the status of the burn will be available at Friends of Rocky Gap State Park and www.nature.org/mdfire.

    The location of the controlled burn provides a unique opportunity to watch this conservation practice firsthand, so the State Park and The Nature Conservancy have also announced a public viewing station starting at 11 am. It will be located inside the Hawks Nest Café concession stand, which has a clear view of Evitt’s Mountain from the other side of Lake Habeeb. The State Park will be waiving entrance fees for the day, and complimentary snacks, refreshments, and giveaways will be available for anyone who comes to watch.

    This is the first controlled burn to take place at Rocky Gap State Park, and it will be conducted through a partnership between the park, The Nature Conservancy, MD DNR Forest Service, and MD DNR Wildlife and Heritage. The burn is expected to begin at 11:00 am and smoke may be visible from Interstate 68 and the surrounding area. It should be completed by 3 or 4 pm, with crew remaining to secure and monitor the burn site afterwards.

    Controlled burns for forest and wildlife habitat management are always conducted with safety as the top priority. Burn staff are trained practitioners who monitor the weather leading up to and during a burn to ensure the fire remains at the desired intensity and smoke is carried up and away from roads and homes. If the required conditions for temperature, humidity, moisture levels, cloud cover, and wind are not met or they unexpectedly change, the burn will be postponed.

    Foresters and ecologists recognize that fire is a critical ecological process for many environments, including the typical Appalachian forests of oaks, hickories and pines that cover most of western Maryland. Since the 1930’s however, a lack of fire has unintentionally harmed forest health.

    The controlled burn at Rocky Gap State Park is being conducted to help a variety of fire-adapted native tree and plant species, including table mountain pine (which needs fire to regenerate), pitch pine, oak trees, blueberries, huckleberries, and many native wildflowers. Many of these species are also drought tolerant, making them better equipped to thrive in changing weather conditions or a warming climate. A more open forest will also improve habitat for birds, bats, and other animals, while also making it harder for destructive pests like pine beetles to travel between trees.

    Another significant benefit of controlled burns is the reduction of dry wood and organic matter on the forest floor that build up over time, which then reduces the likelihood and severity of dangerous wildfires.

    Part of the controlled burn will also be conducted through the use of an ignition drone, which allows a drone operator to drop incendiary devices on the interior of the burn site. This not only results in a more precise ignition pattern, but also reduces the need for crew members to traverse difficult terrain near the active burn.

    Anyone interested in learning more or attending the viewing can find updates on burn scheduling at Friends of Rocky Gap State Park and www.nature.org/mdfire. Live videos and photos of the burn will also be made available on social media to anyone interested in tuning in virtually.
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    John from MD

    American Patriot
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    May 12, 2005
    17,830
    Socialist State of Maryland
    From their FB Page, something for you pyromaniacs:

    New window for the controlled burn is next week!

    Controlled burn planned for Rocky Gap State Park for the week of Nov 4~11

    Rocky Gap and Nature Conservancy to host public viewing station at The Hawks Nest concession stand starting at 11 am.
    Flintstone MD —Rocky Gap State Park has announced that it is planning to conduct a 90-acre controlled burn on Evitt’s Mountain on November 7 or the days following in partnership with The Nature Conservancy and the Maryland Department of Natural Resources (DNR) if weather conditions permit. The final timing of the controlled burn will be dependent on weather and site conditions, so updates on the status of the burn will be available at Friends of Rocky Gap State Park and www.nature.org/mdfire.

    The location of the controlled burn provides a unique opportunity to watch this conservation practice firsthand, so the State Park and The Nature Conservancy have also announced a public viewing station starting at 11 am. It will be located inside the Hawks Nest Café concession stand, which has a clear view of Evitt’s Mountain from the other side of Lake Habeeb. The State Park will be waiving entrance fees for the day, and complimentary snacks, refreshments, and giveaways will be available for anyone who comes to watch.

    This is the first controlled burn to take place at Rocky Gap State Park, and it will be conducted through a partnership between the park, The Nature Conservancy, MD DNR Forest Service, and MD DNR Wildlife and Heritage. The burn is expected to begin at 11:00 am and smoke may be visible from Interstate 68 and the surrounding area. It should be completed by 3 or 4 pm, with crew remaining to secure and monitor the burn site afterwards.

    Controlled burns for forest and wildlife habitat management are always conducted with safety as the top priority. Burn staff are trained practitioners who monitor the weather leading up to and during a burn to ensure the fire remains at the desired intensity and smoke is carried up and away from roads and homes. If the required conditions for temperature, humidity, moisture levels, cloud cover, and wind are not met or they unexpectedly change, the burn will be postponed.

    Foresters and ecologists recognize that fire is a critical ecological process for many environments, including the typical Appalachian forests of oaks, hickories and pines that cover most of western Maryland. Since the 1930’s however, a lack of fire has unintentionally harmed forest health.

    The controlled burn at Rocky Gap State Park is being conducted to help a variety of fire-adapted native tree and plant species, including table mountain pine (which needs fire to regenerate), pitch pine, oak trees, blueberries, huckleberries, and many native wildflowers. Many of these species are also drought tolerant, making them better equipped to thrive in changing weather conditions or a warming climate. A more open forest will also improve habitat for birds, bats, and other animals, while also making it harder for destructive pests like pine beetles to travel between trees.

    Another significant benefit of controlled burns is the reduction of dry wood and organic matter on the forest floor that build up over time, which then reduces the likelihood and severity of dangerous wildfires.

    Part of the controlled burn will also be conducted through the use of an ignition drone, which allows a drone operator to drop incendiary devices on the interior of the burn site. This not only results in a more precise ignition pattern, but also reduces the need for crew members to traverse difficult terrain near the active burn.

    Anyone interested in learning more or attending the viewing can find updates on burn scheduling at Friends of Rocky Gap State Park and www.nature.org/mdfire. Live videos and photos of the burn will also be made available on social media to anyone interested in tuning in virtually.
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    Meh, after being at Mt St Helens, anything else is a letdown. :rolleyes:
     

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