Prescribed burns taking place in state park this week

Prescribed burns will take place in Brown County State Park this week.

The Department of Natural Resources Fire Control Headquarters plans to burn between 11 a.m. and 4 p.m. March 21 to 25.

The burn will address the lack of oak regeneration in the 10 O’Clock Line Nature Preserve within the state park, a press release from the DNR said.

“The DNR conducts the burning in order to preserve the area’s high-quality oak woodland habitat, which requires more sunny, open conditions,” it said. “Without the fires, competing vegetation would replace the oaks, eventually eliminating the plants and animals typical of the oak forests.”

Smoke may be seen or smelled in Nashville and surrounding communities, the DNR said.


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Sara Clifford has been raising a family in Brown County since 2005 and leading the Brown County Democrat since late 2009. In addition to editor, she is the beat reporter for town government and writes columns, features and general news stories.