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Heartwood will close for Prescribed Burn!

June 29, 2021


Heartwood Preserve will be closed to all visitors
all day TUESDAY JUNE 29th
and until noon WEDNESDAY JUNE 30th, 2021
for a Prescribed Burn.
Our longleaf pine flatwoods ecosystem depends on the regular occurrence of fire. We are planning a Prescribed Burn TUESDAY 6/29. During the Burn, we will be closed to all visitors. No one except staff and crew is permitted to enter. This is for the safety of all. We will re-open by noon on WEDNESDAY. All activities will take the utmost care to not disturb our burial sites. This burn in particular will be for the NATURE PRESERVE Area. None of the cemetery area will be burned this year.
Planning for our Prescribed Burn depends on weather conditions and other factors. We usually don’t know until the day before if we will burn, so your patience and flexibility are greatly appreciated. Weather also changes and can cause us to postpone last minute. If we don’t burn Tuesday due to weather, we will try again the week of July 5. Please check our Facebook page or give us a call to get the most up-to-date information on our closings. We apologize for any inconvenience this may cause.
Prescribed Fire (also called “Control Burn”) at Heartwood Preserve is authorized and assisted by the Florida Forestry Service (FFS) and managed by our own FFS certified prescribed burn manager and experienced burn crew. Pasco Fire Department is notified once we receive our FFS authorization on the day of the burn, and signs are posted along Starkey Boulevard to notify the public passing by.
Things to Know About Prescribed Fire
Prescribed Fire serves several ecological purposes.
  • Reduces the amount of “fuel” (branches, twigs, leaves) that can make fires burn too intensely
  • Converts organic matter into nutrients and minerals to be absorbed by the living plants
  • Stimulates new growth following the burn, providing food for wildlife
  • Maintains an open understory, exposing the soil to allow seeds to germinate, spurring new trees, shrubs and wildflowers.
Following our burn, we will plan a special private tour of the burn area, so you can see for yourself the amazing and transformative effects of nature’s most incredible of tools: fire.
If you want more information or have any questions, please call or email us. You can also check out our website to learn more about the importance of fire on this unique landscape.
Thank you,
Laura Starkey
Posted: 6/28/2021


June 29, 2021
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Heartwood Preserve
4100 Starkey Blvd
Trinity, FL 34655 United States
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