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Pete Whelihan and Chris Blake of Friends of Linville Gorge demonstrate their opposition to the prescribed burn
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Originally published: 2013-10-10 16:39:49
Last modified: 2013-10-10 16:40:34

Linville Gorge Wilderness burn postponed

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The planned prescribed burn of Linville Gorge Wilderness may be postponed until further notice. Sue Crotts, chair of the Save Linville Gorge Wilderness chapter of the Blue Ridge Environmental Defense League, said that the U.S. Forest Service has decided to put the plan to burn the gorge on hold. According to Crotts, Heather Luczak of the Forest Service confirmed that a new Pisgah Forest Grandfather District Ranger made the decision. Luczak was not available for comment due to the Forest Service being closed during the federal government shutdown.
Earlier this year, Crotts delivered a petition with more than 750 signatures to Kristin Bail, forest supervisor for North Carolina, opposing plans to use prescribed burns in Linville Gorge Wilderness.
Prescribed burns are meant to mimic fires that used to occur naturally in forests, kill foreign plants and help “fire-adapted” species. Opponents deny the ecological value of controlled burns and are concerned about the impact on flora, fauna, air quality and the aesthetic value of the gorge.

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