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From Hillsborough County News; February 1, 2011
Prescribed Burn Scheduled for Feb. 1 in Cockroach Bay Aquatic Preserve
The Hillsborough County Parks, Recreation and Conservation Department, in cooperation with the Florida Division of Forestry, will be conducting a prescribed burn today, Tuesday, February 01 at Cockroach Bay Aquatic Preserve, 3709 Gulf City Road in Ruskin. The burn will last one day. The purpose of the burn is for site restoration.
For more information, residents should contact the Parks, Recreation and Conservation Department at (813) 672-7876.
Prescribed burns are part of the management plan objectives for lands operated by the Parks, Recreation and Conservation Department, and is an essential tool to maintain and, often, restore the delicate Florida ecosystems. These burns maintain the biological diversity of our natural areas and ensure public safety through the reduction of hazardous fuels in a balance between natural lands and urban living environments.
Additional information about prescribed burns is available at http://hillsboroughcounty.org/parks/resources/publications/prescribedfireinformation.pdf