Thousand Islands National Park of Canada

Prescribed Fire at Thousand Islands National Park

Photos from the 2011 Prescribed Fire

A Parks Canada fire official sets fire to ground vegetation during an August 19, 2011 prescribed fire in order to stimulate new growth of fire-dependent species like the rare pitch pine tree near the Six Nations Walking Trail in Mallorytown Landing. (Paul Galipeau/Parks Canada)
A Parks Canada fire official sets fire to ground vegetation during an August 19, 2011 prescribed fire in order to stimulate new growth of fire-dependent species like the rare pitch pine tree near the Six Nations Walking Trail in Mallorytown Landing.
© Paul Galipeau/Parks Canada

A Parks Canada fire official uses water to protect a pitch pine tree during an August 19, 2011 prescribed fire near the Six Nations Walking Trail in Mallorytown, Ontario. (Paul Galipeau/Parks Canada)
A Parks Canada fire official uses water to protect a pitch pine tree during an August 19, 2011 prescribed fire near the Six Nations Walking Trail in Mallorytown, Ontario.
© Paul Galipeau/Parks Canada

A Parks Canada fire official uses water to protect a pitch pine tree during an August 19, 2011 prescribed fire near the Six Nations Walking Trail in Mallorytown, Ontario. (Paul Galipeau/Parks Canada)
A smouldering area shortly after an August 19, 2011 prescribed fire near the Six Nations Walking Trail in Mallorytown Landing, Ontario.
© Paul Galipeau/Parks Canada

Parks Canada and local fire officials watch the smouldering burn site shortly after an August 19, 2011 prescribed fire near the Six Nations Walking Trail in Mallorytown Landing. (Mitchell Taylor/Parks Canada)
Parks Canada and local fire officials watch the smouldering burn site shortly after an August 19, 2011 prescribed fire near the Six Nations Walking Trail in Mallorytown Landing.
© Mitchell Taylor/Parks Canada

Prescribed fire at Mallorytown Landing Thousand Islands National Park

Six Nations walking trail at Mallorytown Landing will be closed to regular visitation until further notice.

UPDATE (2011/08/29): Six Nations walking trail now open!

Mallorytown, Ontario - August 17, 2011 - Thousand Islands National Park will be conducting a prescribed fire at Mallorytown Landing Friday August 19, 2011, weather conditions permitting.

The overall goal of this prescribed burn is to maintain forest health by reproducing the vegetation composition and structure that would favour fire dependent species. This will stimulate new growth, especially for pitch pine.

Planning for the burn takes into consideration all the precautions necessary to contain the fire in the prescribed burn zone. The fire will be set using specialized equipment and will be maintained by trained and experienced fire management staff and fire strike teams.

For safety reasons the general public will not be allowed near the burn area and there may be speed reductions along Old River Road, west of County Road 5 due to reduced visibility. The Six Nations walking trail at Mallorytown Landing will be closed to regular visitation until further notice.

For more information about this Thousand Islands National Park initiative or Parks Canada, please contact the park at 613-923-5261 or visit this website.

Parks Canada is pleased to carry out this initiative in conservation and species regeneration on behalf of all Canadians, to ensure that these special places and the delicate ecosystems within them are preserved and protected for present and future generations.

Open House at Rockport Recreation Hall

Date: Thursday June 23, 2011 at 7 pm
Location: Rockport Recreation Hall

The Thousand Islands are home to a number of unique and rare environments including fire dependent forest communities. Building on the recent and successful prescribed fires on Georgina Island (2009) and Gordon's Island (2010), St Lawrence Islands National Park will once again conduct a prescribed fire at Mallorytown Landing during the current 2011 season.

This location has been selected due to the location of a Pitch Pine stand. The Pitch Pine is a rare species of tree in Canada that has been emblematic in representing the scenic beauty of the Thousand Islands. It is also dependent on fire in order to regenerate. As result of the Georgina prescribed fire 15 new pitch pine seedlings have taken root, more than has been found on the island since monitoring began in 1972.

The Thousand Islands National Park property in Mallorytown Landing is 18 hectares and extends behind the administration compound across Old River Road west of County Road #5. The planned fire site is approximately 0.4 hectares and will be used as a study site for future pitch pine management, evaluating the success of alternative methods for pitch pine regeneration.

The public is invited to meet the Parks Canada fire team, check out the fire gear, and raise any “burning” questions or concerns at the St Lawrence Islands National Park Prescribed Fire Open House; 7pm, Thursday June 23, 2011, at the Rockport Recreation Hall.

The public is invited to meet the Parks Canada fire team, check out the fire gear, and raise any “burning” questions or concerns at the St Lawrence Islands National Park Prescribed Fire Open House; 7pm, Thursday June 23, 2011, at the Rockport Recreation Hall.

A Parks Canada fire official keeps an eye on the Georgina Island prescribed fire in August 2009. The fire cleared the way for fire-dependent species like the rare pitch pine tree. (Chris Bellemore/Parks Canada)
A Parks Canada fire official keeps an eye on the Georgina Island prescribed fire in August 2009. The fire cleared the way for fire-dependent species like the rare pitch pine tree.
© Parks Canada