From the Alabama Department of Conservation
-- State parks personnel will conduct several prescribed burns along State Highway 128 within Wind Creek State Park from mid-February to mid-March as part of a Piedmont longleaf ecosystem restoration project.
The project will follow approved burn plans and permits from the Alabama Forestry Commission and the Alexander City Fire Department.
Prescribed fire is a safe way to apply a natural process that benefits various habits, reduces wildfire risk and ensures ecosystem health. Wildlife habitat and animals such as deer, turkeys and quail flourish in areas that are maintained with prescribed fire. Some rare animals such as the red-cockaded woodpecker and the gopher tortoise require fire-adapted habitats to survive.
Recently Gov. Bob Riley designated February 2010 as Prescribed Fire Awareness Month. The official proclamation encourages all Alabamians to learn about the importance of prescribed burning to the stewardship of natural resources and its role in the protection of citizens from wildfires.