Prescribed burn to be conducted between March 12 and May 25 at Arboretum

UNIVERSITY PARK, Pa. — The Arboretum at Penn State, in collaboration with The Nature Conservancy and the Pennsylvania Game Commission, will conduct a prescribed burn on a 12-acre portion of the Arboretum site between March 12 and May 25. 

The operation will take place within a single workday during this timeframe. Follow-up notifications will be provided as the schedule is finalized, including a pre-burn notice 24 hours before the beginning of the operation. Due to the fact that scheduling depends upon favorable weather conditions, it can be difficult to pinpoint an exact operation date more than several days in advance.

The burn site will be located in College Township near Big Hollow and Tower roads. The prescribed burn is being conducted as part of the Arboretum’s ongoing prairie restoration project, through which an old livestock pasture is being converted into a more species-diverse meadow or “prairie patch” containing native grasses and wildflowers. Periodic fire is an essential tool for this type of ecological restoration.

This spring’s prescribed fire will be the third such operation the Arboretum has carried out with The Nature Conservancy and the Pennsylvania Game Commission. The burn will be conducted in accordance with the Pennsylvania Prescribed Burning Practices Act and associated prescribed fire standards.

Last Updated March 05, 2018