Prescribed burns planned at three State Parks on the North Coast

ktanner@thetribunenews.comAugust 6, 2013 

The Estero Bluffs are located north of Cayucos.

JAYSON MELLOM — The Tribune Buy Photo

Deliberate burning of brush in three State Parks along the North Coast may begin anytime over the next four months starting Wednesday, parks officials announced Tuesday.

The window for the prescribed burns on about 490 acres of grassland and coastal scrub in parks stretching from Cayucos to Piedras Blancas is set to shut Nov. 29.

The vegetation-management burns will be done when conditions permit in Estero Bluffs State Park, Harmony Headlands State Park and Hearst San Simeon State Park. State Parks will conduct the burns in cooperation with Cal Fire, the San Luis Obispo County Air Pollution Control District, the Cayucos Land Conservancy and the Bureau of Land Management.

The burns will enhance the health of native plant communities, encourage increased species diversity, keep coastal views open and help control non-native, weedy species, according to State Parks.

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