• Aerial photograph of Big Hidatsa National Historic Landmark, located within Knife River Indian Villages National Historic Site.

    Knife River Indian Villages

    National Historic Site North Dakota

Prescribed Fires Planned at Knife River Indian Villages

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Date: April 15, 2010
Contact: Chuck Folk, 701-745-3300

Superintendent Brian McCutchen announced that Knife River Indian Villages will conduct prescribed fire activities this season in order to meet objectives for prairie restoration and forest health.

The goals for such prescribed fire activities are to increase native grass and forb cover, improve habitat for bird and mammal species, and to restore the historic role and replenishing effects of fire to the ecosystem.  Fire managed under predetermined conditions creates openings for young, more nutritious vegetation growth, which improves wildlife foraging opportunities and will help in prairie restoration efforts.

The burns will be conducted in grassland/woody brush areas on the eastern and central portions of the park directly north of Stanton.  These prescribed actions will also help moderate wildfire threats to other park resources as well as neighboring landowners.

For additional information, please call the park at (701-745-3300).

Did You Know?

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There are seventeen archeological sites within the Knife River Indian Villages National Historic Site that predate the Mandan and Hidatsa Indians?