Texas A&M Forest Service is planning to conduct prescribed burning operations on the W.G. Jones State Forest on January 14 – 15, 2021

By: The Woodlands Township
| Published 01/13/2021

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THE WOODLANDS, TX -- Texas A&M Forest Service is planning to conduct prescribed burning operations on the W.G. Jones State Forest on January 14-15, 2021.

Considered a standard forest management tool for endangered species habitat restoration, undergrowth vegetation reduction, and providing for community safety; the prescribed burning will take place as weather permits.

The area is located between I-45 and SH 242, north and south of FM 1488 within the state forest boundaries.

Objectives:
- Vegetative reduction/reduce the potential of devastating wildfire on state forest land/reduce fuel load
- Restoration of forest ecological habitat for endangered Red-cockaded woodpecker populations
- Improve access and visual landscape aesthetics for safety
- Enhance wildlife habitat by increasing sunlight to the forest floor and desirable flora species
- Inter-departmental training between state and local emergency response resources

W.G. Jones State Forest
1328 FM 1488 Road
Conroe, TX 77384
LAT 30.229547 N
LONG 95.484968 W

Texas A&M Forest Service will notify the surrounding city and fire officials, as well as area residents and groups who frequent the forest, by email and posting notification signs in adjoining right-of-ways. Agency firefighters and equipment will be stationed at the forest as a precautionary measure.

In the interest of public and firefighter safety, certain areas of the forest will be closed to the public.

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