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2002 News from Mecklenburg County

August 1, 2002

PARK AND RECREATION ENACTS
 “BURNING BAN”
IN NATURE PRESERVES AND PARK 


Charlotte, NC – Due to the continuing dry conditions and voluntary water restrictions, the Mecklenburg County Park and Recreation Department is enacting a BURNING BAN in the follow areas: 

·  Latta Plantation and Nature Preserve, 5226 Sample Road, Huntersville

·  McDowell Nature Preserve, 15222 Highway 49 South, Charlotte

·  Reedy Creek Nature Preserve, 2900 Rocky River Road, Charlotte

·  Idlewild Road Park, 10512 Idlewild Road, Charlotte 

Park and Recreation staff began enforcing the burning ban on Thursday, August 1.  All patrons with reservations will be notified of the ban and asked to refrain from outdoor burning, including campfires and grills.  Violators of the burning ban will be asked by ParkWatch coordinators to extinguish the fire and leave the property. 

The burning ban at these locations will remain in effect until further notice.  If the severity of the drought continues, it is possible the ban will be expanded to other Park and Recreation sites.   

Park and Recreation’s Division of Natural Resources practices controlled burns and other fire prevention methods on a regular basis. But due to the natural state of the preserves, there remains a large amount of dry brush and dead wood.  Some of the brush remains from 1989, when Hurricane Hugo swept through Mecklenburg County and uprooted trees in the nature preserves.  

For more information about the Mecklenburg County Park and Recreation Department and the Division of Natural Resources, check the Web site www.parkandrec.com.



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