A prescribed burn is planned at Gulf State Park as part of a forest management plan associated with longleaf pine restoration, fuel reduction and invasive species control. The planned burn will take place in the park’s campground (sites 123-185 and sites 188-198) between October 16-19, 2017, weather permitting.

This burn will enable the Alabama State Parks Division to manage the forest resources better in the future. Every effort is being made to ensure safety and proper smoke management during these burns. This project complies with a permit from the Alabama Forestry Commission.

Prescribed fire is an effective way to reduce wildfire risk, reduce fuel loads, enhance wildlife habitat and maintain a healthy forest ecosystem. This is especially important in the south Alabama coastal region due to a longer growing season and the vegetation type.

For more information about the benefits of prescribed fire, visit www.outdooralabama.com/prescribed-fire-alabama-0.

The Alabama State Parks Division relies on visitor fees and the support of other partners like local communities to fund the majority of their operations. To learn more about Alabama State Parks, visit www.alapark.com.