Prescribed burns at Brunswick Park foster native prairie health and biodiversity

GARY, IND. (March 1st, 2024) – The Gary Parks Department announces a crucial conservation effort at Brunswick Park, located at 737 Clark Rd in Gary. Today, a prescribed burn will be conducted over most of the five-acre prairie and ponds situated north of the Pavilion and tennis courts. This strategic burn is essential for restoring and maintaining local native plant communities, which have coevolved with fire over millennia. Additionally, it serves as a powerful tool to combat ticks and poison ivy.

Gary Parks Department has been permitted to conduct prescribed burns to help restore the natural habitat at Marquette Park and Brunswick Park. Prescribed burns remove organic material, create space for desirable plants, and curb invasive species. Additionally, these controlled fires reduce the risk of wildfires while sustaining ecological balance.

The smoke resulting from the prescribed burn is not expected to impact neighboring properties adjacent to the park. For concerns, citizens may contact the Gary Parks Department at (219)-886-7099.

Media Contact:

Erika Blackwell

ofc: (219) 881-1314

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