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'Ding' Darling refuge to hold prescribed burn of Botanical Site

July 11, 2018
Island Reporter, Captiva Current, Sanibel-Captiva Islander

The J.N. "Ding" Darling National Wildlife Refuge, in cooperation with local partners is planning to conduct prescribed burns of the Botanical Site on Sanibel on July 16-20.

The burns will reduce the likelihood of uncontrolled wildfires and help achieved habitat management goals of the site, officials reported. Based on current weather forecasts, the refuge and its partners are planning the burns to take place as soon as next week, if weather conditions are favorable.

If prescribed weather conditions are met, and burns can take place within that window, residents and adjacent landowners will be notified prior to ignition. During the prescribed fire operations, residents and visitors are encouraged to close windows in their homes, cover their pools and, if necessary, stay indoors to minimize the impacts from smoke.

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The J.N. “Ding” Darling National Wildlife Refuge and local partners plan to conduct prescribed burns of the Botanical Site on Sanibel on July 16-20, if weather conditions are favorable.

On the days when a controlled burn will take place, portions of the refuge may be closed to public access. Please adhere to all signs, road closures and instructions about closed areas provided by the refuge, fire and law enforcement personnel. Access to the burn unit will be strictly prohibited during the prescribed fire operation.

An information booth will be located in the Sanibel Recreation Center parking area.

The Southern Florida and Caribbean Fire District of the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service will conduct the prescribed burn with the assistance of the Florida Forest Service, Sanibel-Captiva Conservation Foundation, city of Sanibel and the Sanibel Fire and Rescue District.

The mission of the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service is working with others to conserve, protect and enhance fish, wildlife, plants and their habitats for the continuing benefit of the American people.

For more information, visit www.fws.gov.

 
 

 

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