Spring prescribed burns will again be used to improve wildlife habitat in Barron, Burnett,...

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  1. By Northwest Region April 6, 2015

    Contact(s): Steve Hoffman, DNR wildlife biologist, 715-463-2739, or Kevin Harter, DNR communications, 715-839-3715

    GRANTSBURG, Wis. -- The state Department of Natural Resources will be conducting prescribed burns this spring on various state lands and some private lands in Barron, Douglas, Polk, Washburn, and Burnett counties including Crex Meadows and Fish Lake wildlife areas.

    Parcels are typically burned on a two- to five-year rotation and vary in size from 10 to nearly 1,000 acres.

    Fires are used in grassland management to improve wildlife habitat, control invasive plant species and reduce wildfire potential.

    Prescribed burns also:

    � Stimulate prairie grass growth and improve habitat for upland game and waterfowl.

    � Create pockets of open water for waterfowl amidst cattails proliferating in low areas.Improve nesting cover for upland birds, such as waterfowl, sharp-tailed grouse and pheasants, and spur native vegetative growth for grassland songbirds.

    � Help preserve grasslands and native flora, plant species sustained by natural fires prior to European settlement.

    For prescribed burning information or specifics about an individual burn site contact Steve Hoffman, DNR wildlife biologist, at 715-463-2739 or [email protected].

    Last Revised: Monday, April 06, 2015