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    Caution;  Merge;  Workers Ahead! Forest Service to Conduct Prescribed Burn this Winter at Bent Creek


    ASHEVILLE, N.C.- The USDA Forest Service today announced that it will conduct a one-day prescribed burn on 33 acres of forest in the Bent Creek Experimental Forest in January, February or March.

    The prescribed fire is part of a multi-year research study by the Bent Creek Experimental Forest, a silviculture research unit of the Southern Research Station. The project will help researchers better understand the effects and benefits of prescribed fire in mountain-hardwood forests.

    The Forest Service will conduct the one-day prescribed burn on National Forest land in Buncombe County. Agency personnel will perform follow-up measures the following two days.

    The Forest Service's National Forests in North Carolina will plan and supervise the prescribed burn. The agency will notify the public when the decision is made to conduct the burn. The Forest Service will close area trails and roads the day before the prescribed burn.

    "The safety of the public and firefighters is the number one priority," said Riva Duncan, fire management officer with the National Forests in North Carolina. "The public is asked to heed signs posted at trailheads and roads and to stay away from burn sites and closed roads and trails."

    The prescribed fire will occur when environmental conditions permit; wind and humidity are key factors in fire behavior, safety and smoke control. The Forest Service is required to meet state air quality requirements and will conduct smoke modeling to reduce the possible effects of smoke emissions. The proper personnel and equipment will be on site during the prescribed burn.

    Scientists at Bent Creek will compare the effects of the dormant season (January - early March) prescribed burn with a growing season (June-July) burn to learn how timing affects hardwood regeneration, herbaceous plants, fuel consumption, reptile and amphibian populations, and breeding bird communities.

    The agency will burn three units this winter and three other units in the summer. The remaining units will not be burned to serve as a control or reference for assessing how fire affects hardwood ecosystems. The overall study site consists of nine adjoining units, about 12 acres each, totaling nearly 120 acres. The Bent Creek study includes repeated prescribed burning at approximately three-to-five year intervals, depending on weather, fuels and the availability of personnel.

    Following loss of the American chestnut in the 1920s, oaks dominated most central hardwood forests, providing acorns for wildlife and high-quality timber. In the Southern Appalachians, however, as mature oaks die they may not be replaced by younger oak trees. Prescribed fire has been used to increase oak regeneration in some areas of the South, but there are few long-term studies measuring its benefits in mountain-hardwood ecosystems, and even fewer studies examine the effects of prescribed fires conducted in the growing season. This scientific study in Bent Creek Experimental Forest promises to inform and guide hardwood ecosystem restoration efforts in the Southern Appalachians.

    Historically, fire was used by Native Americans and settlers to maintain an open understory, but in the 1930s, forest fires began to be viewed as destructive and were suppressed whenever possible. Fire suppression increases wildfire risk as fuels (woody debris and shrubs) accumulate.

    For more information on prescribed fire, visit the U.S. Forest Service website Fire Management.

    For more information about Bent Creek Experimental Forest's research on prescribed fire and upland hardwood ecosystem restoration, contact Julia Murphy at 828-667-5261 ext. 104 or [email protected].
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    The bottom of Corn Mill Shoals and Shelter Rock Trail were closed at Dupont today for what looked like a burn, caught us by suprise. Not sure if it's going on for the weekend but thought a heads up might help some riders plan accordingly. Sorry for the thread hijack.
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    Quote Originally Posted by FatTireGoose View Post
    The bottom of Corn Mill Shoals and Shelter Rock Trail were closed at Dupont today for what looked like a burn, caught us by suprise. Not sure if it's going on for the weekend but thought a heads up might help some riders plan accordingly. Sorry for the thread hijack.
    Thanks for the heads up I will see what I can find out.
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    I am not sure where they got this information, I didn't get a alert from the NFS or see any on the NFS web site?

    CITIZEN-TIMES.com: Girls Gone Outdoors » Forest Service plans Bent Creek burn tomorrow

    Forest Service plans Bent Creek burn tomorrow - Citizen times.
    The U.S. Forest Service plans to close trails in the Ledford Branch area of the Bent Creek Experimental Forest near Lake Powhatan tomorrow, Wednesday, March 7, in preparation for a prescribed burn of some 42 acres in the popular area southwest of Asheville.

    The Forest Service will close Ledford Branch Road (trail No. 479E) and Ledford Branch parking area, Deer Lake Lodge Trail (No. 664) and Wolf Branch Trail (No. 666) during the burn, Bent Creek information specialist Julia Murphy said.

    “These are all on the north side of Forest Service Road 806,” she said. “All the other roads and other areas of Bent Creek, including Hard Times Trail, Lake Powhatan and the N.C. Arboretum, will be open to the public.”

    This is the area that was planned for a prescribed burn last August, but was called off at the last moment because of rain.

    Murphy said there will be Forest Service personnel at the trailhead parking areas and on the trails letting visitors know what’s going on and handing out maps for using alternative trails.

    The closure will last 24-48 hours to make sure all hot spots are out before letting visitors return.

    The burn is part of a long-term study to determine the effects of repeated prescribed burning on oak regeneration, she said, evaluating how prescribed burning differs in the growing season of June-September versus the dormant season of January-March. Burns will be repeated every three-five years.

    The public is strongly advised to heed signs posted at trailheads and roads, to stay away from burn sites and off closed roads and trails, forest officials said. Forest Service personnel and equipment will be on-site, monitoring the prescribed burn throughout the night, and the fire should be completed in a single day.

    There is also a prescribed burn taking place today, March 6, on up to 2,000 acres on Singecat Ridge in the McDowell County of the Pisgah National Forest.
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    Forest Service News Release: Forest Service to Conduct Prescribed Burn this Winter at Bent Creek

    Contact: Alice Cohen, 828-257-4258
    March 6, 2012
    For Immediate Release

    Forest Service to Conduct Prescribed Burn at Bent Creek Tomorrow

    ASHEVILLE, N.C.- The USDA Forest Service plans to conduct a one-day prescribed burn on 33 acres of forest in the Bent Creek Experimental Forest tomorrow, March 7, 2012, weather permitting.

    The prescribed fire is part of a multi-year research study by the Bent Creek Experimental Forest, a silviculture research unit of the Southern Research Station. The project will help researchers better understand the effects and benefits of prescribed fire in mountain-hardwood forests.

    The Forest Service will conduct the one-day prescribed burn on National Forest land in Buncombe County. Agency personnel will perform follow-up measures the following two days.

    The Forest Service's National Forests in North Carolina will plan and supervise the prescribed burn. The following roads and trails will be closed during fire activity: Ledford Branch Road parking area (will be used as staging area by FS personnel on burn day); Ledford Branch Road; Rice Pinnacle Road; Deer Lake Lodge Trail; Wolf Branch Trail; and Ledford Trail.

    "The safety of the public and firefighters is the number one priority," said Riva Duncan, fire management officer with the National Forests in North Carolina. "The public is asked to heed signs posted at trailheads and roads and to stay away from burn sites and closed roads and trails."

    The prescribed fire will occur when environmental conditions permit; wind and humidity are key factors in fire behavior, safety and smoke control. The Forest Service is required to meet state air quality requirements and will conduct smoke modeling to reduce the possible effects of smoke emissions. The proper personnel and equipment will be on site during the prescribed burn.

    Scientists at Bent Creek will compare the effects of the dormant season (January - early March) prescribed burn with a growing season (June-July) burn to learn how timing affects hardwood regeneration, herbaceous plants, fuel consumption, reptile and amphibian populations, and breeding bird communities.

    The agency will burn three units this winter and three other units in the summer. The remaining units will not be burned to serve as a control or reference for assessing how fire affects hardwood ecosystems. The overall study site consists of nine adjoining units, about 12 acres each, totaling nearly 120 acres. The Bent Creek study includes repeated prescribed burning at approximately three-to-five year intervals, depending on weather, fuels and the availability of personnel.

    Following loss of the American chestnut in the 1920s, oaks dominated most central hardwood forests, providing acorns for wildlife and high-quality timber. In the Southern Appalachians, however, as mature oaks die they may not be replaced by younger oak trees. Prescribed fire has been used to increase oak regeneration in some areas of the South, but there are few long-term studies measuring its benefits in mountain-hardwood ecosystems, and even fewer studies examine the effects of prescribed fires conducted in the growing season. This scientific study in Bent Creek Experimental Forest promises to inform and guide hardwood ecosystem restoration efforts in the Southern Appalachians.

    Historically, fire was used by Native Americans and settlers to maintain an open understory, but in the 1930s, forest fires began to be viewed as destructive and were suppressed whenever possible. Fire suppression increases wildfire risk as fuels (woody debris and shrubs) accumulate.

    For more information on prescribed fire, visit the U.S. Forest Service website Fire Management.

    For more information about Bent Creek Experimental Forest's research on prescribed fire and upland hardwood ecosystem restoration, contact Julia Murphy at 828-667-5261 ext. 104 or [email protected].
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    Media are invited to meet at Rice Pinnacle parking area between 12:00 and 3:00 the day of the burn. Alice Cohen, Public Information Officer, will send an alert within one hour of the actual meeting time, in an effort to allow the fire to progress and provide better photo opportunities from a nearby vantage point. While on the fire, contact Alice at 828-460-0315, dependent on cell reception.

    Due to safety issues, media will not be allowed on the fire. The Forest Service will take and share photos of the fire with the media upon request.
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    looks like the burn is postponed again


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    Been though this before... Burns are very weather specific, but I hate that they've missed the best time of the year to conduct it. Minimal disturbance to critters and we'd have seen a unique forest rejuvenation.
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    The weather forcaste was wrong and today did not turn out to be a good day for a prescribed burn at Bent Creek (winds and humity wrong)
    So no burn this week.
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    The Burn is back on

    The burn is back on so it would seem.
    U.S. Forest Service News Release: Forest Service to Conduct Prescribed Burn at Bent Creek

    Forest Service to Conduct Prescribed Burn at Bent Creek

    ASHEVILLE, N.C., Sept. 14, 2012 -- The USDA Forest Service plans to conduct a one-day prescribed fire on 33 acres of forest in the Bent Creek Experimental Forest in late September or October. The prescribed fire will occur on three small parcels of 10, 14, and 9 acres.

    The prescribed fire is part of a multi-year research study by the Bent Creek Experimental Forest, a research location of the Southern Research Station that studies upland hardwood ecology and management. The project will help researchers better understand the effects and benefits of prescribed fire in mountain-hardwood forests.

    The Forest Service will conduct the one-day prescribed fire on National Forest land in Buncombe County. The Forest Service's National Forests in North Carolina will plan and supervise the prescribed fire. The following roads and trails will be closed during fire activity: Ledford Branch Road parking area (will be used as staging area by Forest Service personnel the day of the prescribed fire); Ledford Branch Road; Rice Pinnacle Road; Deer Lake Lodge Trail; Wolf Branch Trail; and Ledford Trail.

    "The safety of the public and firefighters is the number one priority," said Riva Duncan, fire management officer with the National Forests in North Carolina. "The public is asked to heed signs posted at trailheads and roads and to stay away from burn sites and closed roads and trails."

    The prescribed fire will occur when environmental conditions permit; wind and relative humidity are key factors in fire behavior, safety and smoke control. The Forest Service is required to meet state air quality requirements and will conduct smoke modeling to determine the optimal conditions for minimizing the effects of smoke. The proper personnel and equipment will be on site during and after implementation of the prescribed fire.

    Scientists at Bent Creek will compare the effects of the growing season (June to mid-October) prescribed burn with a dormant-season burn to learn how timing affects hardwood regeneration, herbaceous plants, fuel consumption, and breeding bird communities.

    The agency plans to burn three units in the fall of 2012 and three other units during the winter. The agency will not burn the three remaining units, which serve as a control or reference for assessing how fire affects hardwood ecosystems. The overall study site consists of nine adjoining units, about 12 acres each, totaling nearly 120 acres. The Bent Creek study includes repeated prescribed burning at approximately three-to-five year intervals, depending on weather, fuels and the availability of personnel.

    Following loss of the American chestnut in the 1920s, oaks dominated most central hardwood forests, providing acorns for wildlife and high-quality timber. In the Southern Appalachians, however, as mature oaks die they may not be replaced by younger oak trees. Prescribed fire has been used to increase oak regeneration in some areas of the South, but there are few long-term studies measuring how it affects mountain-hardwood ecosystems, and even fewer studies examine the effects of prescribed fires conducted in the growing season or late-growing season. This scientific study at Bent Creek Experimental Forest promises to inform and guide hardwood ecosystem restoration efforts in the Southern Appalachians.

    Historically, fire was used by Native Americans and settlers to maintain an open understory, but in the 1930s, forest fires began to be viewed as destructive and were suppressed whenever possible. Fire suppression increases wildfire risk as fuels (woody debris and shrubs) accumulate.

    For more information on prescribed fire, visit the U.S. Forest Service website Fire Management.

    For more information about Bent Creek Experimental Forest's research on prescribed fire and upland hardwood ecosystem restoration, contact Julia Kirschman at 828-667-5261 ext. 104 or [email protected].
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    Once again back on. Signs were posted Thurs. night for area closure around Rice Pinnacle/Ledford Friday.

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    It's happening, went for a ride this AM and was greeted by Forest Service setting up in Ledford lot today. Looks like the upper bowl is being targeted.

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    It looks like they cut a new trail that goes around the burn area. Does anyone know if they have plans to open that up to mtnbiking/hiking someday?

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