Seven Shaw Nature Reserve staff members conducted a controlled burn Feb. 8 of a majority of the Jensen’s Point Park property in Pacific.

The Pacific Fire Department stood by during the event.

The burn was conducted to assist the city in controlling sapling hardwood and invasive plants from the park grounds.

“The prescribed burn, method has the net effect of keeping the woodlands open, allowing the sunlight to nurture native plants, said Alderman Steve Myers, who was present for the burning.

“It also reduces the unwanted accumulation of leaves and debris and contributes to the fertilization for the many seeds that would otherwise remain dormant without the fire,” Myers explained.

Shaw Nature Reserve has a long history with Jensen’s Point, which was named for Lars Peter Jensen, the first manager of the 2,400-acre Arboretum in Gray Summit.