Prescribed burn at Mulanggari Grassland Nature Reserve this weekend

Released 03/11/2017

The ACT Parks and Conservation Service wishes to advise the public that on Saturday 4 November 2017 a 14 hectare ecological burn will take place at Mulanggari Grassland Nature Reserve off Gungahlin Drive in Franklin.

Neil Cooper, Manager, Fire, Forests and Roads in ACT Parks and Conservation said that the burn will help improve the integrity of the grassland by reducing thatch and expanding habitat for threatened species.

“This burn is being implemented as part of the Grassland Restoration project, a three year enhancement project funded jointly by the ACT and Commonwealth governments. Fire can be used to manipulate ecological conditions to enhance the establishment and vigour of native species over weeds, promote flowering and facilitate the establishment of native grasses,” Mr Cooper said.

“Like in all prescribed burns, safety is of paramount importance. Highly experienced Parks fire managers, supported by trained Parks fire-fighters, will conduct the burning operations. Staff will continue to monitor the burn site until smoke has not been visible for 24 hours.”

Before any burns are undertaken major stakeholders, including the Emergency Services Agency, the Australian Federal Police, Air Traffic Control, Roads ACT and the Bureau of Meteorology are advised.

You can stay up to date with ACT Parks prescribed burn program by following ACT Parks and Conservation Service on Facebook and Twitter or by using the prescribed burns interactive map on our website. For more information, visit  ww.environment.act.gov.au.

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