MORGANTON, N.C. (April 2, 2014) — The N.C. Wildlife Resources Commission, N.C. Division of Parks and Recreation, and the U. S. Forest Service will conduct prescribed burns over the next two days on 3,300 acres in Burke, Haywood, McDowell and Rutherford counties. They will be assisted by personnel from a N.C. Forest Service youth program.
The prescribed burns will affect approximately 400 acres on South Mountains State Park, 200 acres on Cold Mountain Game Land, 2,000 acres on Pisgah Game Land, and 700 acres on South Mountains Game Land. These burns will aid in ecosystem restoration of the land, wildlife habitat improvement, and reduction of brush and debris that can cause dangerous wildfires.
“Prescribed fire is an essential tool in wildlife management, especially in fire-adapted and fire-dependent forest communities,” said Dean Simon, a wildlife biologist and forester with the Wildlife Commission. “Many wildlife species and habi