The Nature Trail and Hiking trail at Lake Griffey will be closed starting Thursday while Bloomington Parks and Recreation conduct a controlled burn to improve plant diversity.
The trails will remain closed for at least one day after the burn, according to a press release from the City of Bloomington. The rest of Griffy Lake will remain open.
The burn will allow more sunlight to reach the forest floor, which encourages growth for oak and hickory trees, Natural Resources Manager Steve Cotter, said in the release. The burn will also destroy invasive species, recycle nutrients and increase habitat diversity.
The Parks and Recreation Department has partnered with Habitat Solutions, a forest management company based in Columbus, Indiana to carry out the controlled fire, according to the release. The Bloomington Fire Department will be on scene to provide fire suppression support.