Fontenelle Forest prescribed burn cancelled

(Fontenelle Forest)
Published: Nov. 26, 2022 at 1:29 PM CST
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BELLEVUE, Neb. (WOWT) - Fontenelle Forest announced Sunday the prescribed burn planned for Monday is now cancelled due to overnight rain in the Bellevue area.

All hiking trails will be closed at Fontenelle Forest on Monday for a prescribed burn.

Fontenelle Forest announced Saturday that a prescribed burn is planned for Monday, Nov. 28.

Due to the burn, all hiking trails and the Raptor Woodland Refuge will close at 12 p.m. Monday. The burn, pending acceptable weather and permits, is expected to start at 1:30 p.m.

The burn is for oak woodland restoration. Fire will be applied to roughly 50 acres of upland woods adjacent to the Forest Nature Center.

Although the hiking trails will close, Fontenelle Forest says the Riverview Boardwalk will remain open to members of the public interested in learning more about prescribed burns and their use as a conservation tool. The Nature Center will also remain open.

“The Forest uses prescribed fire as one of the various management tools in our oak woodland/savanna habitat restoration program, as this habitat is a fire-dependent system,” Fontenelle Forest said in a release. “The low-intensity, controlled burns help to combat invasive plants, and restore the once-diverse oak woodland habitat through shrub and tree control.”