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Prescribed Burn At Sam Knob To Benefit Wildlife Habitat


Last updated 12/14/2020 at 3:45pm

Here, foresters at Sam Knob are seen managing the prescribed burning area. (Photo courtesy of Adrianne Rubiaco of the USFS.)

Visitors on the Blue Ridge Parkway may have noticed a wall of haze and smoke in the Black Balsam area towards the end of November.

This is not to raise concern, however.

The fire that was set atop Sam Knob on Nov. 18 is actually a good thing for the area, according to the U.S. Forest Service.

Adrianne Rubiaco, a public information office for the USFS, relayed some of the goals of the 200-acre burn to us at The Transylvania Times.

"Sam Knob is a bald area," she began. "The reason we did [the burn] was to maintain that bald area and improve wildlife habitat." In fact, according to cor...

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