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April 19, 2007
Prescribed burn in High Park scheduled for tomorrow
City of Toronto Urban Forestry will undertake a prescribed or “controlled” burn in High Park on Friday, April 20. A briefing will be held in the park’s Grenadier Restaurant parking lot at 11:30 a.m. to outline the plan. The burn will occur between noon and 4 p.m.

Park use will be restricted during the burn. Notices will be placed at the entrances to High Park advising users of the restrictions.

Under ideal weather conditions, the smoke from the prescribed burns will lift and will not affect surrounding neighbourhoods. It is possible, however, that some smoke will reach residential areas near the park. Individuals with asthma or high sensitivity to poison ivy may wish to limit their exposure to smoke by keeping windows closed or leaving the area on the afternoon of the burn.

Prescribed burns have been safely executed in the past by Urban Forestry, and are part of the long-term management plan to protect and sustain Toronto’s rare black oak woodlands and savannahs in High Park, Lambton Park, and South Humber Park. These rare vegetation communities are at risk of extinction in Toronto and throughout North America.

A certified fire boss with extensive experience has developed the approved burn plan. City staff from the Parks, Forestry and Recreation Division will assist with the burn, and Toronto Fire and Police services will assist as required by the fire boss.

During the months to follow, City staff, scientists and volunteers from the community, including members of the High Park Community Advisory Council, will monitor and analyze the beneficial effects of the burn and implement additional management.

Toronto is Canada’s largest city and sixth largest government, and home to a diverse population of about 2.6 million people. It is the economic engine of Canada and one of the greenest and most creative cities in North America. In the past three years Toronto has won more than 50 awards for quality and innovation in delivering public services. Toronto’s government is dedicated to prosperity, opportunity and liveability for all its residents.

Media contact:
Parks, Forestry and Recreation Media Hotline, 416-560-8726



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