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Island set ablaze to help rare pitch pine trees flourish

Parks Canada has set fire to the shores of an island in Thousand Islands in the St. Lawrence River to help save a rare type of pine tree.

Parks Canada managing controlled burn in Thousand Islands

Parks Canada has set an island on fire to help a rare type of pine tree flourish. (Parks Canada)

Parks Canada has set fire to the shores of an island in Thousand Islands in the St. Lawrence River to help save a rare type of pine tree.

It's an effort to restore the natural landscape on Camelot Island after years of fire suppression, which has upset the processes needed to support healthy forests.

To watch video shot on the island of the controlled burn, watch CBC reporter Steve Fischer's story by clicking here.