Prescribed Burn in High Park Will Protect Rare Forest

Prescribed Burn in High Park Will Protect Rare Forest

Did you know that High Park has a rare forest of black oak woodlands and savannahs?

This rare forest needs your tender loving care (TLC) and tender loving protection (TLP)!

The latter comes as a prescribed (or “controlled”) burn in order to kill off competing vegetation, enrich the soil and promote growth and germination of the rare savannah species.

In early to mid April, the City of Toronto Parks, Forestry and Recreation will safely undertake  a prescribed burn in High Park when there are ideal weather conditions.

The ideal weather conditions will ensure that the smoke of the prescribed burn will lift and move away from the surrounding neighbourhoods.

If you have asthma or high sensitivity to poison ivy, the City advises you to  limit your exposure to smoke by keeping windows closed or leaving the area on the afternoon of the burn.

Larger trees will not be harmed because the fire that is carefully controlled by the “Fire Boss” will only burn low to the ground and consume dried leaves, small twigs and grass stems.

The purpose of prescribed burns is to protect and sustain Toronto’s rare black oak woodlands and savannahs in High Park, Lambton Park and South Humber Park as part of the long-term management plan of rare forests in Toronto.

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