CONTROLLED BURN – SPRING 2017 (Thursday, April 13)

This spring, Royal Botanical Gardens will be conducting a controlled burn in order to restore rare tallgrass prairie and oak savannah habitat at Princess Point in the Cootes Paradise Nature Sanctuary.

Date: Thursday, April 13, 2017 - Ignition between 2 p.m. and 3 p.m.

There will be no access to Princess Point Trail on the day of the burn, however observing the burn from the adjacent parking lot will be possible. Fire Safety Information

- Controlled burns require specific weather conditions and accurate forecasting before a precise date can be established. A second notice will be posted at the top of this page and on all of RBG’s social media platforms once the date is confirmed.

Tallgrass Prairie and Oak Savannah Management at RBG
This is intended to be the fifth operational controlled burn for Princess Point. The goal of Royal Botanical Gardens’ controlled burn is a means to protect and renew the threatened tallgrass prairie and savannah ecosystems at Princess Point by promoting natural regeneration of oak and tallgrass species and controlling invasive species. Prairie and savannah ecosystems once covered 36 square kilometers of the Hamilton region, today, there is only 30 square kilometers left in all of Ontario and many of Ontario’s endangered plant species are restricted to these habitats. Several interpretive signs on this theme are found on site.