Dan McKay’s prediction is that the tall grass in the Thompson Creek Parkland will start to grow immediately now that the controlled burn on the site has taken place.
“We’ve been wanting to do this burn for many years,” he said.
McKay is the project co-ordinator on the Dunnville parkland restoration project, working in conjunction with a number of other partners, including Haldimand County, the Dunnville Horticultural Society and Ducks Unlimited Canada.
While there have been a few accidental spot fires over the years, the fire on April 25 was the first controlled burn on the site in decades.
Lands and Forests Consulting was contracted to do the burn, with Haldimand County Emergency Services being consulted and firefighters from Dunnville and Hagersville stations on standby.
“We had to do a few modifications, but we kept the burn within the boundaries,” said Jason Sickel, the burn boss on site. “We had to account for a late wind shift.”
Now that the burn has been done, a 20-acre plot of native wildflowers will soon be planted, and some trails and signage will be put in.
“The intention is to have this as an outdoor education site for local schools and the public,” McKay said.
Those wishing to get involved in the project, either by volunteering or donation, can contact the Dunnville Horticultural Society.