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Controlled Burn Notice

burn mapPlease be advised that the Ministry of Natural Resources and Forestry has postponed the controlled burn scheduled to occur between April 23 and May 31 at the intersection of Yonge and Cedar Street (on block 2 as indicated in the map) due to recent wet weather conditions. The burn will occur late summer or fall early weather permitting.

The burn is being planned and conducted by specially trained staff of the Ministry of Natural Resources and Forestry (MNRF).  They are planning to burn up to 0.6 hectare (1.5 acres) of ground debris and vegetation in the tall-grass prairie northeast of Maple Street.

 The timing of the prescribed burning depends on very specific weather conditions, which is tracked using an on-site weather station.  If the exact conditions needed are not available the burn will not go ahead.

This work will assist with restoring the rare tall-grass prairie habitat that makes Holland Landing Prairie special.  The trees that were planted in the park decades ago have changed the park’s ecosystems.  By burning and clearing portions of the plantations, the native grassland habitat and rare plant species will be given an opportunity to recover.

This work is being done in accordance with the Provincial Parks and Conservation Reserves Act and MNRF policies and guidelines for prescribed burning.  Undertaking prescribed burning is considered a Category A project under the Class Environmental Assessment for Provincial Parks and Conservation Reserves.  Category A projects have low potential for net negative environmental effects and are allowed to proceed without further public consultation, following the appropriate policies and guidelines.

If you have any questions or concerns about this work, or if you would like to receive email notification before the burn please contact the below:

Curt Morris, Park Superintendent  
Holland Landing Prairie/Sibbald Point               
905-722-3269                                                   
curt.morris@ontario.ca                              

Corina Brdar, Zone Ecologist
Ontario Parks, Southeast Zone
corina.brdar@ontario.ca