A planned burn is scheduled Thursday, April 7, weather permitting, at the Tanah Keeta Scout Reservation near Tequesta in Martin County.
The burn will consist of approximately 100 acres of palmetto shrub and sand pine owned by the Boys Scouts of America, Gulf Stream Council.
“After the prescribed fire is mopped up, the burn area becomes a discovery center for the scouts at Tanah Keeta Reservation,” said Senior Forest Ranger Marty Harn. “With the first rainfall, the scouts can watch the new sprouts emerged from the ash enriched soil. The scouts also use the burn area to identify scat and animal tracks because wildlife feast on the buffet of new sprouts of flora growing from the forest floor.”
Planned burns mimic natural fire cycles to restore healthy forests and natural communities, reduce undergrowth that accumulates over time and decreases the potential for wildfire. Burned lands experience an increase in native wildflowers, birds and other wildlife.
To learn more about prescribed burning, visit www.goodfires.org.
The Florida Forest Service, a division of the Florida Department of Agriculture and Consumer Services, manages 37 state forests on more than 1 million acres of public forest land while protecting 26 million acres of homes, forestland and natural resources from the devastating effects of wildfire.