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Natural Areas Department to Conduct Prescribed Burns This Spring and Summer

Released on Tuesday, March 14, 2017
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The City of Fort Collins Natural Areas Department, in coordination with The Nature Conservancy, will be conducting several prescribed fires at Soapstone Prairie Natural Area this spring and summer.

The Natural Areas Department conducts prescribed burns to accomplish a variety of management goals. Depending on the site and the specific project, prescribed burning may be used to reduce weedy vegetation, improve plant community composition for habitat goals, or reduce the presence of hazardous fuels. This season’s efforts will focus on improving habitat for migrating birds and rare plants. Additionally, burning will help to diversify the grassland habitat promoting native grasses such as buffalo grass and blue grama, which are adapted to fire and respond well to conditions created following a fire.

Smoke advisory signs will be posted along any potentially affected roads. Information about upcoming burns and trail or area closures will be posted on the trails conditions webpage and on NOCO trail report prior to burning http://www.fcgov.com/naturalareas/status.php. Officials will closely monitor smoke dispersal to avoid impacts to motorists and residents. To mitigate concerns, the Natural Areas Department will burn only under conditions that promote good smoke dispersal.

Prescribed fire smoke may affect your health. For more information see:
http:www.colorado.gov/cdphe/wood-smoke-and-health.

Concerns or questions regarding these burns can be directed to Jennifer Roberts, Natural Areas Environmental Planner, anJvYmVydHNAZmNnb3YuY29t , 970-221-6584 or the Natural Areas Department at (970) 416-2815.