management plan continues at three county parks
This spring Geauga Park District land managers hope to resume their management of Burton Wetlands Nature Preserve, Swine Creek Reservation and Walter C. Best Wildlife Preserve through the use of prescribed burns.
A schedule will begin as soon as weather conditions are favorable between March 18 and April 30, said Land Steward Bob Lange. Careful consideration is given to precipitation and wind velocity to ensure safety during the burn. The previous two springs never presented favorable conditions, so prescribed burns were not done in 2011 or 2012.
All burns will be overseen by the Park District’s state-certified fire managers: John Oros, director of operations, and Lange. Signs will be posted to notify visitors of the closure of nearby trails if necessary; neighbors have already been notified through postcards.
Burn sites usually green up within a week, and look unaffected within three.
“The purpose of conducting burns in these parks is to reduce the amount of woody stems in the meadow, setting back succession so they don’t become shrub lines,” Lange said.
Call 440-286-9516 with questions.