Yes. Fire is a natural part of Georgia’s Piedmont region, historically sweeping through sites every few years. Fire suppression efforts from the late 1800s until now have, along with some other factors such as invasive species, dramatically changed the ecology of our forests.
Sandy Creek Nature Center is working in partnership with the Georgia Forestry Commission, the University of Georgia Warnell School of Forestry and Natural Resources, and the Georgia Department of Natural Resources to conduct controlled burns in our managed forest. Appropriate timing and close attention to conditions are effective at keeping controlled burns under control. These fires clean out dense vegetation and dead wood at ground level without harming trees or spreading into adjacent areas. Controlled fires are slow-moving and of low intensity, allowing animals to burrow to safety or escape. Public notice will be provided. Controlled burns have been conducted annually in the center’s Piedmont Prairie.