LOUISVILLE, Ky. (March 22, 2012) - Metro Parks conducted a prescribed burn at Iroquois Park Thursday.
The Metro Parks Department typically performs a prescribed burn as an ecological land management tool designed to restore and promote native grasses and wildflower species in the area, and control encroaching growth of undesirable species.
"Fire is an important tool in maintaining healthy habitats for many kinds of plants and animals, some of which are dependent upon periodic fires for survival," Bennett Knox, Natural Areas Administrator for Metro Parks, said. "Prescribed burns promote the establishment of native grasses and wildflowers, while impeding the growth of non-native and exotic species."
During the burn, the fire was controlled using natural and artificial 'fire breaks' - roads, streams, trails and mowed lines that contain the fire to a desired area. Some workers were in charge of setting fires, while other were downwind, prepared to extinguish the flames.
This is the fourth burn for these particular areas. An initial prescribed burn was conducted in 2001. Other areas at Summit Field were burned in 2004 and 2008.