It may at first seem strange that Smokey would support the use of prescribed fire at the Albany Pine Bush Preserve. But wait! With a little information, this turns out to makes a whole lot of sense.
Fire is an essential, and inevitable, part of the Pine Bush. The dry, sandy soil that underlies much of the Capital Region makes it easy for fires to start and spread quickly. In fact, frequent fire is a big part of why the Pine Bush has such a special assortment of plants and animals, many of which are rare and some are endangered. In order to protect these natural resources, fire has become part of the Albany Pine Bush management plan.
A true wildfire is an out-of-control fire. If a wildfire occurred in or around the Pine Bush Preserve it could be disastrous for those who live and work in the area.
So why is it okay, or even a public good, for the Albany Pine Bush Preserve Commission to deliberately set fires in the Preserve?
Because small, controlled fires protect both people and wildlife from huge, out-of-control fires.
Using prescribed fire – fires that are carefully planned, tailored to a particular environment, and applied by trained fire managers – the Pine Bush Preserve Commission burns away fallen leaves and sticks. This greatly reduces the amount of burnable material and the risk of wildfire, and that is a goal Smokey supports.
Monday, October 12, 2015
10:00am – 2:00pm