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Prescribed Burning Operations planned on W.G. Jones State Forest January 14 – 15

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Texas A&M Forest Service shared the following statement on January 13, 2021.

Texas A&M Forest Service is planning to conduct prescribed burning operations on the W.G. Jones State Forest on January 14-15, 2021.

Considered a standard forest management tool for endangered species habitat restoration, undergrowth vegetation reduction, and providing for community safety; the prescribed burning will take place as weather permits.

The area is located between I-45 and SH 242, north and south of FM 1488 within the state forest boundaries.

Objectives:

– Vegetative reduction/reduce the potential of devastating wildfire on state forest land/reduce fuel load

– Restoration of forest ecological habitat for endangered Red-cockaded woodpecker populations

– Improve access and visual landscape aesthetics for safety- Enhance wildlife habitat by increasing sunlight to the forest floor and desirable flora species- Inter-departmental training between state and local emergency response resources.

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W.G. Jones State Forest

1328 FM 1488 Road

Conroe, TX 77384

LAT 30.229547 N

LONG 95.484968 W

prescribed burning operations on the W.G. Jones State Forest on January 14 – 15, 2021.

Texas A&M Forest Service will notify the surrounding city and fire officials, as well as area residents and groups who frequent the forest, by email and posting notification signs in adjoining right-of-ways. Agency firefighters and equipment will be stationed at the forest as a precautionary measure.

In the interest of public and firefighter safety, certain areas of the forest will be closed to the public.

Source: Texas A&M Forest Service

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