Prescribed burns planned at High Cliff State Park to improve habitat, control invasives

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  1. By Northeast Region March 24, 2015

    Contact(s): Linda Guelig, Park Manager, 920-989-1106

    SHERWOOD, Wis. - Periodic prescribed burns to maintain ecological communities and control invasive species will take place over the next four years at High Cliff State Park in Calumet County.

    "Fire can be an important management tool to maintain the biodiversity of ecological communities, to set back woody vegetation in grasslands and to control invasive species," says Craig Anderson, state park ecologist with the Department of Natural Resources.

    The DNR is proposing to conduct prescribed burns between spring of 2015 and spring of 2019. Burns will be conducted in spring and fall as conditions allow.

    Areas of the park where burns will take place include the Butterfly Pond Trail area in the lower park, a small area southwest of the Lime Kiln Road and Lower Park Road intersection, the Bridle Trail parking lot area, and an area bordered by the Bridle Trail and Ertl Road near the family campground.

    The sizes of the burns are approximately 17 acres in the lower park and 57 acres in the upper park. Considerations of endangered, threatened, rare species plus habitat risk have been considered in the process. This type of action normally does not involve significant environmental effects.

    As weather allows, burns will be scheduled at times when visitor numbers are generally low. Notices of prescribed burns will be posted at the park entrance and areas where burns are taking place will temporarily be restricted from the public.

    High Cliff State Park is located on the shore of Lake Winnebago, Wisconsin's largest lake. The park gets its name from the limestone cliff of the Niagara Escarpment, which parallels the eastern shore of Lake Winnebago. For more information about the park, search the DNR website for keywords "High Cliff."

    Last Revised: Tuesday, March 24, 2015