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Hike the Burn Zone (Bass River State Forest)
February 9, 2020 @ 1:00 pm - 4:00 pm
In March 2019 the Spring Hill Wildfire burned over 11,000 in the Pine Barrens. Bass River State Forest volunteers will lead a hike of about 6 miles through the northern portion of Bass River State Forest which includes the West Pine Plains Natural Area and the “pygmy pines” a globally-rare forest community.
The hike will meander along sand roads and trails near the NJ Forest Fire Service’s Coyle Field in Woodland Township, Burlington County.
See forest regeneration first-hand nearly 10 months after the fire. Several sections of the hike will be through places where the mature trees are scarcely taller than the hikers themselves and in some places are not. The hike will traverse several ridges that will provide fantastic views of the surrounding area which is a rarity for this part of the state. This is especially true now since the fire removed almost all of the vegetation which previously blocked the views.
Participants must be at least 10 years of age. Service animals only are permitted. Wear appropriate clothes and shoes. Wear clothes you do not mind getting ash and soot on. Bring plenty of water and snacks. This hike is not ADA accessible. There are no restrooms or drinking water available.
Thunderstorms/heavy rain/snow cancels.
Registration is required and is capped at 25 participants.
To register contact the Bass River State Forest office at 609-296-1114.
MEETING LOCATION: N 39 49.238 W 74 25.819 which is located along NJ 72 at the WESTERN BOUNDARY of Coyle Field. The meeting location is approximately 10.3 miles east of the intersection of NJ 72 and NJ 70 and approximately 3.4 miles west of the intersection of NJ 72 and Ocean County Road 539 and just west of Mile Marker 10.5. Parking is along NJ 72. There is no street address for this location.