The City of Fort Collins Natural Areas Department, in coordination with The Nature Conservancy, will be conducting several prescribed fires within Soapstone Prairie Natural Area in the fall and winter of 2017-2018.
The Natural Areas Department conducts prescribed burns to accomplish a variety of management goals including reducing weedy vegetation, improving plant community composition for habitat goals, or to 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.
Prior to burning, information about burn-related trail or area closures will be posted on the trails conditions webpage, http://www.fcgov.com/naturalareas/status.php
and on NOCO trail report, http://www.nocotrailreport.org
. Smoke advisory signs will be posted along any potentially affected roads. 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. Soapstone Prairie Natural Area is closed in December, January, and February.
Prescribed fire smoke may affect your health. For more information see:
Concerns or questions regarding this prescribed burn can be directed to Jennifer Roberts, Natural Areas Environmental Planner, anJvYmVydHNAZmNnb3YuY29t
, 970-221-6584 or the Natural Areas Department at (970) 416-2815.