Wednesday Oct. 20th is the Save the Pine Bush Dinner. Pickup your dinner from 4-5 PM with deliveries by volunteers from 4-6 PM.
To join the dinner, connect via Zoom or phone. Details: savethepinebush.org/dinner

PRESERVE NOT FEELING THE BURN

PRESERVE NOT FEELING THE BURN

Home

Virtual Presentation
June 17, 2020

Hike the Pine Bush

Current Newsletter
June/July
Podcasts
Donate

Landfill & SWMP
Information
Action Alert

Hotel Info
Sally’s Recycling
Corner
Subscribe to
SPB List

Action Alerts

Court Cases

Newsletters
by Subject

Newsletters
by Date

Newspaper
Articles

Speakers List

The Karner Blue

Nabokov

Fire!

Virtual Exhibit

Cartoons

About SPB

Volunteer

Our Friends:

FORCE

Historic Action
Network

Friends of
Stanford Home

Protest Photos

Links
Letters to SPB
Join Mailing List
Contact

Reprinted from the Times Union
Section: CAPITAL REGION Page: B3
Monday, June 3, 2002

PRESERVE NOT
FEELING THE BURN

{Author}

Handling fire can be dangerous, something the Albany Pine Bush Preserve Commission knows only too well.

In April 1999, a controlled burn at the pine barren that straddles Albany, Guilderland and Colonie blazed out of control, scorching 75 acres and shutting down the New York Thruway for several hours because of smoke.

No homes or private property were in jeopardy and the burns have continued, but officials are careful about when and where. And the conditions this spring haven’t been right. “We did only one spring burn and it was about six acres, much in part due to the conditions that were too dry first and then too wet,” said Christopher Hawver, the commission’s executive director.

Officials prefer humidity between 35 percent and 70 percent and ground-level wind speeds between 2 and 10 mph.

The controlled burns are essential to maintaining the rare inland pine barren, which is home to the endangered Karner Blue butterfly. Over thousands of years, plants in the pine barrens have evolved to depend on fire. Some need heat to crack a hard seed coat. Others depend on fire to eliminate the pine needles from the ground. And animals depend on the native plants, Hawver said.

Each year, the commission’s goal is to burn 200 acres. But even with spring, summer and fall burning seasons, the commission has never been able to burn more than about 140 acres, Hawver said. The recent dry winter made burning unsafe in the early spring. Then the steady rains of April and early May made the ground too wet later.

A slight breeze is needed to disperse the smoke because the preserve is in a heavily built-up area, Hawver said. “The constraints are very significant.”
The commission has set aside two weeks each in June, July and October for additional burns.

Printed in the July 2002 Dinner Notice

This page last modified August 18, 2019
Contact Save the Pine Bush at pinebush@mac.com