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Kejimkujik National Park and National Historic Site

Forest Restoration

Prescribed fire

Parks Canada firefighter with water hose Parks Canada firefighter
© Parks Canada/E. Le Bel

Prescribed fires will take place near Eel Weir bridge and Loon Lake this Sunday, April 24 and Monday, April 25 at Kejimkujik National Park and National Historic Site.

During the operation, smoke may be visible to park users, as well as neighbouring communities. Eel Weir Road will be closed at the Gold Mines trail head where traffic control will be in place.

This operation may be cancelled without prior notice, depending on weather conditions.

This activity is part of a ten-year research and monitoring program started in 2010. Its goal is to better understand the natural disturbance processes and management actions that can influence forest regeneration at Kejimkujik. Other active management techniques being tested include tree girdling for small gap openings, deer and small mammal enclosures, and acorn planting.

Fire line after the prescribed fire Fire line after the prescribed fire
© Parks Canada/E. Le Bel

Prescribed fire is a carefully designed fire that is ignited by experts under specific conditions using planned procedures. Public safety is paramount and prescribed fires are planned, reviewed, and supervised by Parks Canada fire management specialists. Environmental assessments are completed to ensure that all social, economic, and ecological impacts are considered. A small fire in early spring ensures a low intensity surface fire that burns leaves and small trees; it has little effect on larger trees.

Fire management specialists and fire fighters from Parks Canada, the Nova Scotia Department of Natural Resources and the North Queens Volunteer Fire Association will be on site during the burn and monitoring will be conducted post-burn to identify any remaining hot spots and ensure that fire has been extinguished.

The two sites – near Eel Weir bridge and Loon Lake - will remain fascinating and beautiful wilderness areas to explore and enjoy. The long-term monitoring of the sites will help Parks Canada understand more about natural disturbances and regeneration in the Acadian forest.

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