Controlled Burn of Longleaf Pine Forest Tracts Scheduled for Week of March 3-7

Thursday, February 27, 2014

The University of North Carolina Wilmington is working with the North Carolina Division of Forest Resources to conduct a controlled burn of selected tracts within the longleaf pine forest on the east side of main campus. The burn is planned for the week of March 3-7 as weather conditions permit.

Note: Due to weather conditions, the controlled burn has been postponed until the week of March 10-14.

The burn will be of low intensity and only on the ground, not in the trees, and is expected to last approximately half a day. All safety measures will be observed, with the burn conducted by the N.C. Division of Forest Resources with assistance from UNCW Landscape Services and public safety officials if needed.

The burn may cause smoke on campus and in nearby neighborhoods for a brief time period, but these conditions will be minimized as much as possible due to favorable weather conditions and other safety controls.

A controlled burn is designed to decrease the chances of a more intense and hazardous wildfire by destroying the fuel load of the accumulated layer of leaf litter. The controlled burn will also improve the health of the longleaf pine forest, which is a fire-dependent ecosystem.