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NPS to Conduct Prescribed Burns

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Date: April 23, 2014
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 2014. These burns may take place April 29 - May 10, 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:

·Headquarters prairie demonstration area, 1 acre located at the Riverway's headquarters building in St. Croix Falls, WI.The site must be burned periodically to control invasive species.

·Arcola Prairie, 150 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.

·Rice Lake Flats, 40 acres in St. Croix County, 5 miles northwest of Somerset, WI. The site is just north of the St. Croix Islands and has been restored to native prairie.

Alternate units that may be burned include:

·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.htm

For additional information, contact the St. Croix River Visitor Center in St. Croix Falls, Wisconsin, at 715-483-2274.

 The St. Croix National Scenic Riverway, a unit of the National Park System, was established by the Wild and Scenic Rivers Act in 1968. It is one of a group of eight rivers in the country which first received this recognition.For 255 miles, the St. Croix and its tributary, the Namekagon, flow through some of the most scenic and least developed country in the Upper Midwest.

Learn more at www.nps.gov/sacn.

Did You Know?

What looks like a striped fish with several tails is actually the opening of the mussel shell which is hard to see.

Mussels rely on fish to carry their young around until they are old enough to drop to the river bottom. To attract the fish and attach their young, mussels put on displays that make fish think they are fish or other food. The mussel shell, which is all we normally see, is now barely visible.