Prescribed burn at Arboretum set for Monday

UNIVERSITY PARK, Pa. -- Beginning at 9:30 a.m. Monday, May 13, Penn State and The Nature Conservancy will be executing a prescribed burn at The Arboretum at Penn State, weather permitting. 

Prescribed burns are initiated for multiple purposes, including to manage invasive species, stimulate growth of desirable vegetation and eliminate brush that could be fuel in the event of a forest fire.

The five-acre burn site will be located within College Township near Big Hollow and Tower roads. Penn State's burn plan has been reviewed by the state Department of Environmental Protection and the state Department of Conservation and Natural Resources; local fire and emergency services will be on standby.

The fuel load is very light and the fire is not expected to be significant in duration, according to Kim Steiner, professor of forest biology and director of The Arboretum. Controlled burns such as this are a common tool used by trained professionals to restore native landscapes and manage vegetation.

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Last Updated May 14, 2013