Long pants, water bottle & insect repellent recommended
Refreshments & beverages provided
Please call or email us to reserve your spot in this
special invitation-only event.
If you have done so, thank you, we appreciate it!
If you want more information or have any questions,
please call or email us.
I look forward to sharing this magical experience of our
Heartwood Families: If you are unable to make this date, but would still like a tour, OR if you are unable to walk and would like a tour specially designed for your needs, please give us a call. We are more than happy to accommodate you the best we can. It is worth the effort to see this incredible feature of our Florida woods for yourself!
Our longleaf pine flatwoods ecosystem depends on the regular occurrence of fire. We are planning a Prescribed Burn WEDNESDAY 6/1. 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 THURSDAY. All activities will take the utmost care to not disturb our burial sites. This burn in particular will be for the PAW-PAW, BLAZING STAR & PALMETTO Areas.
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 Wednesday due to weather, we will try again asap. 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.