prescribed burns 2009

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Date: April 15, 2009
Contact: Scott Weyenberg, 715-483-2285
Contact: Charlie Lundin, 715-635-8346, ext. 26

National Park Service to Conduct Prescribed Burns


The St. Croix National Scenic Riverway plans to conduct four prescribed burns in the Riverway corridor in spring 2009. These burns may take place between April 15 and 25, depending on weather conditions. The National Park Service (NPS) is conducting these prescribed fires to improve prairie and savanna habitat along the St. Croix and Namekagon rivers.


The areas to be burned are:


  • Rice Lake/Peaslee Lake, 193 acres on islands along the Wisconsin side of the Lower St. Croix River, north of Osceola, Polk County, Wisconsin.  Crews from the NPS and the Minnesota Conservation Corps have worked to control tartarian honeysuckle, common buckthorn, and garlic mustard at this site over the past five years.  Fire is being used to restore the area through removal of woody debris and suppression of buckthorn seedlings.


  • Springbrook Savanna, 69.4 acres along the Namekagon River, about ¼ mile northeast of  Springbrook, Wisconsin, in Washburn County.  The overgrown savanna at this site was thinned out in 2006 in cooperation with the neighboring landowner.  The adjacent private prairie will be burned at the same time stimulating the native prairie plants throughout the entire burn site.


  • Sterling & Sunrise Prairies, 42 & 15 acres respectively on the Wisconsin side of the St. Croix River near Sunrise Ferry Landing.  This location is approximately 15 miles north of St. Croix Falls, Wisconsin, in northwest Polk County.  The sites are being restored to tallgrass prairie.  The campsites at this location will be temporarily closed during burning operations.


The NPS has developed detailed plans for prescribed burns and the fires are carried out by personnel trained and certified for prescribed burning.  The plans address temperature, relative humidity, wind, and other conditions under which a burn can take place, protection of adjacent properties, communications, needed manpower and equipment, safety, and other considerations.


If conditions are not favorable on the day when burning is planned, the burn will be rescheduled.


The St. Croix National Scenic Riverway’s Fire Management Plan is available for viewing on the park's website:


For additional information, you may contact the NPS at St. Croix Falls, Wisconsin, at 715-483-2274 or Trego, Wisconsin, at 715-635-8346.


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