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Heartwood Preserve to Close May 11 – Reopen May 12

By Florida's Original NatureCoaster™ Posted on May 10, 2018

For your safety, Heartwood Preserve will be closed on Friday May 11, to carry out land management activities

Our longleaf pine flatwoods ecosystem depends on the regular occurrence of fire. As part of our Prescribed Fire program, we need to prepare the site to be burned. Friday’s activities include thinning certain dense palmetto areas & disking firebreaks (paths used to keep fire from crossing into areas we don’t want to burn), using heavy equipment. We have scheduled Friday, May 11, for mowing & disking, and the Prescribed Burn sometime from mid-May to June.

All activities will take the utmost care to not disturb our burial sites. No heavy machinery is permitted near or on graves at any time.

During these activities, 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 the following day.

Prescribed Fire (also called “Control Burn”) at Heartwood Preserve is authorized by the Florida Forestry Service (FFS) and managed by our own FFS certified burn manager and experienced burn crew. Pasco Fire Department is notified once we receive our authorization on the day of the burn, and signs are posted along Starkey Boulevard to notify the public passing by.

The exact date for our Prescribed Burn is dependent on weather conditions and other factors. We often don’t know until the day before if we will burn, so your patience and flexibility are greatly appreciated. We will do all we can to notify you and the community when we close for burning, so you can plan your visits accordingly. Please check our Facebook page or give us a call to get the most up-to-date information on our closings.

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.