UNC Wilmington Plans Controlled Burn of Select Tracts in the Ev Henwood Nature Preserve, Sunday, Mar. 3

Friday, March 01, 2013

The University of North Carolina Wilmington is working with Premier Forestry and Environmental Consulting to conduct a controlled burn of 8-10 acres of grasslands at the Ev-Henwood nature preserve, owned by UNCW located near Town Creek in Brunswick County. The burns are planned for Sunday, March 3, 2013, as weather conditions are expected to be favorable that day.

Ev-Henwood is UNCW’s coastal forest research and teaching station. It is available for nature study and appreciation, student and faculty research, and class field trips. Included in its 174 acres are oak/hickory woods, pine forests, ponds, fields, and low woods along the bordering Town Creek and its branches and tributaries. 

The burn will be of low intensity and limited to the open field areas and not the intermittent forest. It is expected to last approximately half a day. All appropriate safety measures will be observed and local fire and emergency management personnel have been informed.

Although the burn may cause smoke in nearby neighborhoods and may be observed from U.S. 17 for a brief time period, weather conditions have been selected to best minimize exposure. People with asthma or other bronchial conditions may wish to avoid being outdoors for long periods of time in the area of the controlled burn.

The controlled burn will improve the health of the forest ecosystem and will decrease the chances of a more intense and hazardous wildfire by destroying the fuel load of the accumulated layer of leaf litter.

For more information:
UNCW Environmental Health & Safety, Stan Harts, 910.962.3057 or hartss@uncw.edu
UNCW Media Relations, James Jarvis, 910.622.5116 or jarvisjd@uncw.edu