The Alabama State Parks Division will conduct a controlled burn on 48 acres of Gulf State Park property located between the cabin area and park office from February 29 to March 9, 2012, weather permitting. The burn will be conducted with assistance from the Alabama Forestry Commission, and the Gulf Shores and Orange Beach Fire Departments.

Every effort is being made to ensure safety and proper smoke management during this burn period. Prior to the burn, the burn team will have obtained approved burn permits from the Alabama Forestry Commission and the Orange Beach and Gulf Shores Fire Departments. For more information about this burn contact Forrest Bailey at 334-242-3901 or 334-850-4331, or call Gulf State Park at 251-948-7275.

One of the primary uses for prescribe burning is the maintenance of wildlife habitat. Controlled burning helps to rejuvenate high quality natural food sources for many species including white-tailed deer and Eastern wild turkey. The burning of undergrowth can release nutrients into the soil which stimulates the growth of high-quality native grasses, forbs and legumes. Unlike most supplemental wildlife plantings, controlled burning can provide year-round protective cover and food for wildlife on managed land, as well as reduce the potential for wildfires.

The Alabama Department of Conservation and Natural Resources promotes wise stewardship, management and enjoyment of Alabama’s natural resources through five divisions: Marine Police, Marine Resources, State Lands, State Parks, and Wildlife and Freshwater Fisheries. To learn more about ADCNR, visit .