Prescribed burn set for Lake George Forest in Pierson today

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By HENRY FREDERICK / Headline Surfer

PIERSON, Fla. -- Volusia County Land Management personnel will conduct a 85-acre prescribed burn today at Lake George Forest and Wildlife Management Area in Pierson.

"The blue trail will be closed temporarily," Volusia County spokeswoman Kate Sark told Headline Surfer. "There will be no other impact to public use."

"The blue trail will be closed temporarily," Volusia County spokeswoman Kate Sark told Headline Surfer. "There will be no other impact to public use."

Historically, nature provided all the tools needed to maintain healthy habitats of natural lands. With the advent of fire suppression, fragmentation due to development, past forestry practices, exotic species and user impacts, most natural lands are overgrown. Human intervention is now needed to provide the factors necessary for a healthy habitat.

In order to restore and maintain the diversity of the ecosystems, prescribed fire is one of the many tools Volusia County uses to manage conservation lands.

Prescribed fire has many benefits, such as eliminating dry and overgrown vegetation, reducing the risk of wildfires, increasing seeding, fruiting and forage quality in plants, and improving wildlife habitats. While other land management treatments are sometimes used, prescribed fire is the most effective, because of the complex chemical, biological and physical processes that fire stimulates. 

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