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?
Winged maple leaf mussels were thought to be extinct until some were rediscovered in the St. Croix River in 1987. Today scientists are helping to raise young mussels and re-introducing them into their former range including St. Croix National Scenic Riverway to help prevent future extinction.