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Prescribed Burns Return to FAU’s Pine Jog Environmental Education Center

FAU’s Pine Jog to return to prescribed fires conducted by the Florida Division of Forestry

BOCA RATON, FL (April 11, 2008) – Florida Atlantic University’s Pine Jog Environmental Education Center, located off Summit and Jog Road in Palm Beach County, plans to resume prescribed burns on Monday, April 14 to reduce debris, remove dense undergrowth and better control invasive plants on the 150 acre property.  

In contrast to an uncontrolled wildfire, prescribed fires are designed to mimic a naturally occurring phenomenon and are intentionally started under favorable climatic, environmental conditions after careful planning and site preparation. Change is biologically necessary to maintain healthy ecosystems and forestry managers have learned how to use fire to create changes in plant and animal communities to meet forest management objectives.   Many Florida ecosystems evolved with fire and require periodic burning to regenerate and maintain a health environment.

Over the past few years, Pine Jog has worked closely with the Florida Division of Forestry, which has donated time and resources to prepare the property for the prescribed burns.   Now that the preparation is complete, the Division’s trained staff will continue to work with Pine Jog to ensure a successful and safe burn.  

Pine Jog is an environmental education center that develops and provides model environmental education programs to foster an awareness and appreciation of the natural world.    One of the oldest nature centers in the nation, Pine Jog serves over 25,000 students, 12,500 adults and families, and 750 teachers annually from Palm Beach County.

For more information, contact Kristi Moyer, facilities and land manager at Pine Jog Environmental Education Center, at 561-686-6600.

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Florida Atlantic University opened its doors in 1964 as the fifth public university in Florida. Today, the University serv es more than 26,000 undergraduate and graduate students on seven campuses strategically located along 150 miles of Florida's southeastern coastline. Building on its rich tradition as a teaching university, with a world-class faculty, FAU hosts ten colleges:  College of Architecture, Urban & Public Affairs, Dorothy F. Schmidt College of Arts & Letters, the Charles E. Schmidt College of Biomedical Science, the Barry Kaye College of Business, the College of  Education, the College of  Engineering & Computer Science, the Harriet L. Wilkes Honors College, the Graduate College,   the Christine E. Lynn College of Nursing and the Charles E. Schmidt College of Science.  

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