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2011 prescribed burns

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Date: April 15, 2011
Contact: Scott Weyenberg, 715-483-2285

 National Park Service to Conduct Prescribed Burns

The St. Croix National Scenic Riverway plans to conduct two prescribed burns in the Riverway corridor in the spring of 2011. These burns may take place the week of April 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 River.

 The areas to be burned are:

  • Peaslee Island, 198 acres on the St. Croix River, just south of Wisconsin Interstate State Park and west of Dresser, Wisconsin, in Polk County, Wisconsin.This site is being restored to oak savanna, which is a globally imperiled ecosystem.
  • Sterling & Sunrise Prairies, 18 and 15 acres respectively, on the St. Croix River, either side of Sunrise Landing in Polk County, Wisconsin.Sites are west of Wolf Creek and across the river from Wild River State Park.  These sites are being restored to oak savanna and tallgrass prairie.

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: http://www.nps.gov/sacn/parkmgmt/firemanagement.htmFor additional information, contact the St. Croix River Visitor Center in St. Croix Falls, Wisconsin, at 715-483-2274.

Did You Know?

winged dragonfly with a clubbed tail and yellow and black markings

A new species of dragonfly, the St. Croix Snaketail, was discovered within St. Croix NSR in 1989. It has only been found to reproduce in one other river in Wisconsin. It prefers large streams with fast flow and clean water, abundant cobble and gravel with sand bottoms in forested watersheds. More...