70-Acre Prescribed Burn Planned for Melbourne Beach’s Coconut Point Sanctuary on Wednesday
By Space Coast Daily // March 11, 2020
Coconut Point Sanctuary is located off Hwy A1A in Melbourne Beach
BREVARD COUNTY • MELBOURNE BEACH, FLORIDA – A 70-acre prescribed fire within the Coconut Point Sanctuary along Brevard’s south beaches is planned from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. on Wednesday, March 11, by Brevard County’s Environmentally Endangered Lands Program.
Brevard County Fire Rescue and the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service will assist in the effort.
The Coconut Point Sanctuary is located off Hwy A1A in Melbourne Beach, across from the Juan Ponce De Leon Landing Beach Park.
Prescribed fires involve the careful application of fire by professionals under specific weather and fuel conditions to achieve environmental resource management goals.
Benefits include the reduction of wildfire risk, habitat restoration and the recycling of nutrients back into the soil.
Coconut Point Sanctuary is a habitat of coastal strand, oak scrub, coastal oak forest, and mangrove forest located.
Encompassing, ancient sand dunes from the Atlantic Ocean to the Indian River Lagoon, Coconut Point Sanctuary was once inhabited by Ais Indians, and according to local lore, Juan Ponce de Leon also set foot in the same location in 1513.
Today, Coconut Point Sanctuary is also nature lovers’ dream with a short hiking trail that contains an observation platform over the Indian River Lagoon.
It’s an ideal spot to view shorebirds, juvenile sea turtle, osprey, and maybe even a pod of dolphin.
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