Hot Burning In A Wet Habitat

Photo Caption: Prescribed burn at Iroquois NWR (Paul Hess, USFWS)
Photo Caption: Prescribed burn at Iroquois NWR (Paul Hess, USFWS)

You may notice a black field on the west side of Hwy 63 near Iroquois NWR. That is because on May 22nd a crew of 15 wildland firefighters performed a prescribed burn in order to stop shrubland encroachment, fight invasive species, and promote the growth of native grassland plants.

We burn at this time of year because the grasslands are more responsive as they are just coming out of their dormant state and there is better regeneration. Despite the wet spring, the burn was very successful. Next year, this field will have some great new habitat for wildlife to flourish within.

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