State grows deer at Grist Park, Selma
- Natural forests go through phases of succession, wherein changes naturally occur in the trees as well as lower-growing plants.
- Burning the forest floor and opening the tree canopy produces a burst of low-growing plants which deer love to eat.
- The burning process interrupts the natural succession of the forest.
- Deer respond to the sudden burst of available food with higher birth rates.
- There have been, so called, controlled burns and hidden food-plots at Oak Mountain State Park for decades.
- Deer hunting began in Oak Mountain State Park (OMSP) in 2004 and continues this year, using the state’s propaganda of overpopulation.
- State representatives have been quoted as saying they have no idea how many deer are at OMSP, but there are too many. The killing continues.
- Grist Park and Oak Mountain State Park are not natural forests. They are managed forests for the benefit of people (commonly called users).
- Where there is no hunting, and nature manages, there is the number of animals the land can support.
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Burns ongoing at Grist Park
VALLEY GRANDE — Controlled burns that began in December at Paul M. Grist State Park will continue through January, according to a release from the Alabama Department of Conservation and Natural Resources.
The Alabama State Parks Division plans a controlled burn of 85 acres during the month.
When the burns began, state Parks Forester Don Burdette said the project will make the park more aesthetically pleasing to visitors.
“We burned some areas three years ago and it’s excellent for deer. They are really out there,” he said. “If it got much taller we wouldn’t get the benefit of being able to see them and it would go back to being a blind spot. Every three or four years we try to burn it to keep it from going back.”
The burns, Burdette said, are a practice that is performed periodically to control undergrowth. Wildlife in the area often benefit tremendously from the burns.
The January burn is being conducted for fuel hazard reduction and wildlife habitat improvement in eight separate burn compartments. Staff and equipment from the Alabama Forestry Commission and the Valley Grande Fire Department will assist the Alabama State Parks Division.
Burdette said every effort will be made to ensure the safety and proper smoke management during this period.