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Beverly Eaves Perdue, Governor Dee Freeman, Secretary
N.C. Department of Environment and Natural Resources
Release: Immediate Contact: Charlie Peek
Date: 2012-02-13 Phone: (919) 715-8709

Hanging Rock State Park to Conduct Prescribed Burn

RALEIGH -- Hanging Rock State Park will conduct a limited prescribed burn this month in conjunction with a N.C. Forest Service prescribed burn adjacent to Mountain Road.

The exact date of the burn will depend on weather conditions, according to Park Superintendent Dave Cook. Hanging Rock State Park is in Stokes County about 30 miles north of Winston-Salem.

An eight-acre area of the park will be burned to remove fallen Virginia pines and other shrubby vegetation, promote new plant growth for wildlife browsing and maintain the overall natural community by improving soil nutrients.

Prescribed burns also limit the amount of dead wood and natural fuels on the forest floor, making it easier to fight wildfires. This helps protect neighboring landowners should lightning, arson or carelessness spark a wildfire.

Prescribed burns routinely begin in the late morning and end by late afternoon of the same day, allowing adequate time for cleanup before dark. For further information, contact the park office at 336-593-8480.

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