US Forest Service conducts 2,000-acre controlled burn in Pisgah - FOX Carolina 21

US Forest Service conducts 2,000-acre controlled burn in Pisgah Forest

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MARION, NC (FOX Carolina) -

The U.S. Forest Service is conducting several controlled burns in Western North Carolina on Tuesday and Wednesday.

The two-day controlled burn will be for 1,950 acres north of Lake James Road in McDowell County on April 1 and in the Grandfather Ranger District of Pisgah National forest on April 2.

The burns are part of the Grandfather Restoration Project. The North Carolina Department of Agriculture said the 10-year project is designed to restore 40,000 acres of the district by enhancing the condition for plants and wildlife.

They said the project is also controlling non-native species and protecting hemlocks against destructive pests such as hemlock woolly adelgids.

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