Prescribed burn to benefit Perryville Battlefield wildlife
PERRYVILLE, Ky. (AP) – A section of Perryville Battlefield State Historic Site will be closed for a prescribed burn meant to help develop the park’s quail habitat.
The Advocate-Messenger reports (http://bit.ly/1VM1ICt) state wildlife officials will soon be burning invasive species of plants on 175 acres off Battlefield Road as conditions allow. Steps will be taken to contain the fire.
Kentucky Fish and Wildlife biologist Terri Brunjes says burning fields stimulates the growth of valuable grasses and wildflowers, and benefits birds and game. The burn will allow for the creation of a quail habitat, as the birds need thin grass and bare dirt where they can hunt and peck.
The future quail habitat is meant to commemorate the Civil War and settlement era.
Brunjes estimates quails should start using the burned area within months.
Information from: The (Danville, Ky.) Advocate-Messenger, http://www.centralkynews.com/amnews
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