Prescribed Fires Planned In Point Pelee National Park

Friday February 28th, 2020

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Prescribed fires contribute are planned for Point Pelee National Park between March 2nd, 2020, and April 15th, 2020, when conditions are favourable.

Prescribed fires planned for 2020 will be located in Anders Field (5.00 hectares), DeLaurier (1.10 hectares), Cactus Field (3.07 hectares), Sleepy Hollow (1.97 hectares), and along the southern portion of the western shoreline (2.20 hectares). This prescribed fire program is an important part of the park’s Lake Erie Sand Spit Savannah restoration project.

These fires will contribute to the restoration of Point Pelee National Park’s globally rare savannah ecosystem by releasing nutrients, reducing the number of exotic plants, preventing the spread of invading shrubs and trees, encouraging native seed germination, and improving habitat for species at risk.

Point Pelee National Park will remain open to visitors during the prescribed fires, however, some areas will be closed for short periods of time to ensure the safety of visitors and team members.

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