NPS prescribed burns
Contact: Scott Weyenberg, 715-483-2285
National Park Service to Conduct Prescribed Burns
ST. CROIX FALLS, Wisconsin: The St. Croix National Scenic Riverway plans to conduct three prescribed burns in the Riverway corridor in the spring of 2013. These burns may take place May 15 - 22, 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:
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.
St. Croix River Visitor Center native plant area, 1 acre located in St. Croix Falls, Wisconsin. The site must be burned periodically to maintain and rejuvenate the prairie species.
Arcola Prairie, 28 acres in Washington County adjacent to the St. Croix River and east of Arcola Trail. This site is just south of the historic Soo Line High Bridge and has undergone several years of prairie restoration.
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.htm
For additional information, contact the St. Croix River Visitor Center in St. Croix Falls, Wisconsin, at 715-483-2274.
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