High Water Levels On The St. Croix And Namekagon Rivers
The St. Croix and Namekagon Rivers are running high, fast and cold due to snowmelt and recent rain. Ice flows and other floating debris may be present making conditions additionally hazardous. More »
Contact: Robin Maercklein, 715-2282
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 2008. These burns may take place between April 16 and 23, 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:
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, you may contact the NPS at St. Croix Falls, Wisconsin, at 715-483-2274 or Trego, Wisconsin, at 715-635-8346.
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 that first received this recognition. For 252 miles, the St. Croix River and its tributary, the Namekagon, flow through some of the most scenic and least developed country in the Upper Midwest.
Did You Know?
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.