Prescribed Fire in Point Pelee National Park
Lake Erie Sand Spit Savannah Restoration
Prescribed Fire Sites Map (PDF, 3 Mb)
Leamington, Ontario, February 18, 2017 – Parks Canada plans to conduct prescribed fires at Point Pelee National Park between February 20th and April 15th, 2017 when conditions are favourable. Planned prescribed fire sites for 2017 are located near the DeLaurier Homestead (1.1 hectare), the Visitor Centre (1.43 hectare), and Sleepy Hollow (1.97 hectare). This prescribed fire program is an important part of the park’s Lake Erie Sand Spit Savannah restoration project.
Point Pelee National Park will remain open to visitors during the prescribed fires. Some areas may be closed for short periods of time to ensure visitor and staff safety.
Safety is a top priority for Parks Canada. The prescribed fire will only be held if the required environmental and weather conditions are met on the day of the fire. Extensive planning and execution will ensure that the prescribed fire is controlled and contained within the prescribed fire boundaries. Some smoke will be present and visible, but staff will monitor wind conditions and direct smoke away from public use areas as much as possible.
Parks Canada is a world leader in conservation. This prescribed fire will contribute to the restoration of Point Pelee National Park’s globally rare savannah ecosystem by reducing the number of exotic plants, preventing the spread of invading shrubs and trees, and improving habitat for Species at Risk. This is an important step in restoring healthy, resilient ecosystems that support a variety of birds, butterflies, and Species at Risk who depend on open sunny savannah habitat to survive.
For up to date information about potential area closures, please check the park’s website and Facebook page at www.parkscanada.ca/pelee and facebook.com/PointPeleeNP.