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Prescribed Burns Planned

Prescribedburns512x219 Prescribed fire season begins. Trained and certified fire-fighting staff will be conducting prescribed burns. Upcoming prescribed burn units include: Brice Prairie near the Visitor Center, Halfway Creek (just west of the town of Midway, WI) and Browns Marsh (north of County Road Z and east of the Black River). Fire helps maintain a healthy native plant community providing habitat for wildlife.

 This spring the Refuge near Onalaska, Wisconsin plans for burning in 2014 include the following units: Brice Prairie (near the Visitor Center), Halfway Creek (just west of the town of Midway), and Browns Marsh (just north of County Rd Z and east of the Black River). These sites may be burned in April or May.

“We are excited to use prescribed fire to benefit portions of our recently restored
sand prairie on Brice Prairie,” reports District Manager Jim Nissen.

Fire helps maintain a healthy native plant community which provides habitat for
migratory and nesting birds as well as other wildlife.

Prescribed fire is commonly used as a tool to manage habitat. Burning helps
restore and maintain plant communities by removing dead plant material, returns
nutrients to the soil, encourages growth of forbs and opens space for new plant

Fire can also significantly reduce the invasion of woody plants in prairies and
encourage the growth of forbs, i.e., the showy flowers.

Prescribed burns are only conducted under a specific set of guidelines for weather
and safety. Factors such as the humidity level, wind speed, and wind direction
have been evaluated and are included in a “prescribed burn plan.”

Only personnel trained and certified in fire-fighting participate in the operation.
Area fire departments, law enforcement agencies, state natural resource offices,
and neighbors are contacted prior to conducting the burn.

For additional information, questions, or to review the plans please contact Wendy
Woyczik at 608-779-2387 or Kendra Niemec at 608-779-2386 or visit the new
facility, located at N5727 County Road Z, Onalaska, WI. Visitor center hours are
Monday – Friday 8:00 a.m. – 3:30 p.m. and Saturdays from 10:00 a.m. – 4:00 p.m.
The center is closed on Sundays and all Federal holidays.
Last Updated: Apr 08, 2014
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