The Department of Natural Resources will conduct a 146-hectare prescribed burn today, weather permitting, at Trout Pond.
The site is located approximately seven kilometres northwest of Hampden, and 16 kilometres north off Route 420 on the Clam Pond resource road in Forest Management District 16.
The prescribed burn is being conducted as part of the province's silviculture management program to prepare the site for planting, and to eliminate the threat of adelgid, a naturally occurring forest pest which limits tree growth. If weather and wind conditions are not favourable, the burn will proceed as soon as conditions permit.
In a prepared release, the province said it will invest more than $9.5 million in silviculture in Newfoundland and Labrador in 2012, resulting in the improvement of more than 8,000 hectares and the planting of more than 10 million tree seedlings in the province.