Olmsted Parks Conservancy Conducts Prescribed Burn at Iroquois Park TODAY

December 14, 2023

Today, don’t be alarmed if you see smoke at Iroquois Park! A prescribed burn for prairie management is taking place at the 18-acre Summit Field at the top of Uppill Road. The area will be closed to the public until approximately 4 p.m. 

The Uppill Road gate will remain locked for the duration of the burn, but members of the media can park in the lot at Uppill and Rundill Roads and ride with Louisville Parks and Recreation staff to the burn area.

The controlled burn is conducted by Olmsted Parks Conservancy in partnership with Louisville Parks and Recreation, Air Pollution Control District, Soil and Water Conservation, the Kentucky Division of Forestry, and Fairdale Fire. All parties will follow a detailed burn plan, and weather conditions will be closely monitored. Olmsted Parks Conservancy staff and first responders will be on site to monitor and control the burn and will continue to monitor the site after the burn to ensure that habitat restoration goals are met.

Prescribed fire has many benefits including:

  • reducing invasive plants
  • stimulating native grasses and forbs
  • regenerating and enriching soil
  • improving habitat for native pollinators and birds

“Historically, the Summit Field area of Iroquois was known as Burnt Knob and had been maintained by fire,” says Olmsted Parks Conservancy Project Manager Liz Winlock. “In 1996, the original prairie habitat was restored with native plants and prescribed burns have been carried out every few years. The last prescribed burn was conducted in 2016.”

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About Olmsted Parks Conservancy
Louisville Olmsted Parks Conservancy, Inc., a non-profit organization, was established in 1989 to restore, enhance and forever protect Louisville’s historic 17 Olmsted Parks and 6 Parkways. Working as a non-profit partner with Louisville Parks and Recreation, the Conservancy provides planning and funding for park improvements and natural areas management through donations from individuals, foundations, and corporations. In their 34-year history, Olmsted Parks Conservancy has overseen more than $50 million of investment in Louisville’s Olmsted-designed park system. olmstedparks.org

ABOUT LOUISVILLE PARKS AND RECREATION 

Louisville Parks and Recreation, a nationally accredited parks and recreation agency, manages more than 120 parks and six parkways on more than 13,000 acres of land and operates recreation programs for area residents of all ages and abilities through its 14 community centers. The department’s inventory also includes 10 golf courses; the Mary T. Meagher Aquatic Center and four outdoor pools; the David Armstrong Extreme Park; two historic homes; the Historic Iroquois Amphitheater performance venue; and the nation’s largest municipally owned urban forest, Jefferson Memorial Forest. More details on the department’s people and programs can be found at bestparksever.com.

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