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FDR State Park to see less controlled burning

By Curtis McCloud -   bio | email

PINE MOUNTAIN, GA (WTVM)- After years of disagreements, and a number of discussions the Pine Mountain Trail Association and the Georgia Department of Natural Resources have reached a business decision regarding controlled burning at FDR State Park in Pine Mountain.

Members of both organizations inked this deal just two weeks ago.

"The agreement is to curtail the burning; they are still going to do some burning with some fire protecting type burns that they are going to do in areas away from the trail," said Richard Rainey.

Richard Rainey serves as President of Valley Wood incorporated; he stood along with members of the Pine Mountain Trail Association that were against burning led by the Georgia Department of Natural Resources.

Rainey says that throughout the entire ordeal the department of natural resources has worked well to see that FDR State Park is preserved in the right manner so that park goers can enjoy its scenic views without any disruptions.

"The department of natural resources has been very perceptive and we've had very productive meetings and many more meetings are planned this will be a complicated issue but we feel very confident that we are heading in the right direction," Rainey said.

A direction that deputy commissioner for the Georgia Department of Natural Resources Todd Holbrook says is the best approach for everyone involved.

"First thing is we are going to do a formalized prescribed fire needs assessment, which will look at such things as where do we really need to have fire and how critical here to protect some of those long leafs," Holbrook says.

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