Archive for Thursday, October 15, 2009

Public meeting scheduled on park fire prevention

October 15, 2009

The Unified Government of Wyandotte County/Kansas City, Kan., is receiving a $100,000 grant from the Kansas Forest Service for fire protection of Wyandotte County Park and the surrounding private land.

Wildfire specialists from the Kansas Forest Service have created a project to reduce the risk of fire within the park. The concern is that if a wildfire started in the park, it could not be contained before damaging a large portion of the forest and crossing onto neighboring property.

The Kansas Forest Service will administer the grant by providing manpower to create a fuel break between a portion of the park’s property and adjacent property.

A public meeting to allow residents to learn more about the scheduled mitigation program is scheduled for 7 p.m. Tuesday, Nov. 3, at the George Meyn Community Center, State Avenue and 126th Street, in Wyandotte County Park.

“This will be a great opportunity for the public to learn how our department is working with the Kansas Forest Service in managing the park for the safety of the public and to protect our natural resources,” said John Bower, deputy director of park maintenance for the UG’s Parks and Recreation Department.

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