Between April 11 and April 17, 2006, the Shawangunk Ridge Biodiversity
Partnership successfully conducted prescribed burns in 5 fields at
Mohonk Preserve’s Spring Farm.
© Mohonk Preserve
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Maps of 2013 Potential Burn Locations:
Between March and December 2013, the Shawangunk Ridge Biodiversity Partnership (SRBP) is planning to conduct up to several hundred acres of controlled burns at Mohonk Preserve, Minnewaska State Park Preserve and Sam's Point Preserve.
Burns are primarily targeted for the spring (April, May, June) and fall (September-November), however burns can occur at any time during the season.
The specific dates, locations and times of individual burns are dependent on weather and other conditions. Burn crews will be made up of specially trained volunteers and staff from various partner agencies and organizations, including The Nature Conservancy, Mohonk Preserve, Minnewaska State Park Preserve, NYS Department of Environmental Conservation, Albany Pine Bush Preserve, Student Conservation Association and others.
The controlled burns currently planned for 2013 range from approximately 3 to over 100 acres in size. See the map above for the approximate locations of potential burn units for the 2013 season. The goal of these burns is to improve forest health and wildlife habitat while reducing accumulated flammable debris in the forest that can lead to more intense forest fire.
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NYS DEC Open Burning Restrictions
More information on NYS open burning laws
In October 2009, NYS DEC passed new regulations regarding open burning. These new regulations prohibit the burning of brush piles between the dates of March 16 and May 14 of any given year, due to the increased risk of wildfires to occur during this time. Prescribed burns are not subject to this restriction due to the numerous safety precautions and careful planning that is involved, and prescribed burns may occur at any time when weather and other conditions permit.
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