Louisville, KY --
LOUISVILLE, KY. – U.S. Army Corps of Engineers natural resources managers and other personnel anticipate
conducting prescribed burns at McAlpine Locks and Dam the last several weeks in April. During burning operations,
smoke may be visible and work areas may be temporarily restricted to the visiting public for safety reasons.
Prescribed burning activities at McAlpine Locks and Dam are part of the process for converting non-native cool season
vegetation to native, warm season meadow species. Planned burning this year is to prepare planting beds for seeding
and to set back cool season plants in order to encourage the sprouting and growing of native species. Native plants
enhance habitat for pollinators, such as Monarch butterflies and honey bees, as well as for songbirds and other wildlife
Burning will occur when conditions are present to achieve the objectives for the sites. Project personnel are working with
the Louisville Air Pollution Control District to ensure permits are in place, as well as with the Louisville Fire Department.
Burning activities will be conducted during times that will not interfere with Derby Festival activities.
Release no. 19-005