Spring prescribed burns will again be used to improve wildlife habitat in Dunn, Pepin counties

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  1. By Northwest Region March 25, 2015

    Contact(s): Jess Carstens, DNR wildlife management, Menomonie, 715-232-1519, or Kevin Harter, DNR communications, Eau Claire, 715-839-3715

    EAU CLAIRE, Wis. -- The state Department of Natural Resources will be conducting prescribed burns this spring on various State Natural Areas and some private lands in Dunn and Pepin counties.

    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 cover type for upland nesting birds, such as pheasants, and spur native vegetative growth for 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 Jess Carstens, DNR, Bureau of Wildlife Management, at 715-232-1519 or at [email protected].

    Last Revised: Wednesday, March 25, 2015