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Wabasha Prairie Closed

Wabasha Prairie Closed to Entry During Restoration Activities

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE: January 31, 2017 Contact: Mary Stefanski (507) 494-6229

Wabasha Prairie Closed to Entry During Restoration Activities

In the near future, the Upper Mississippi River National Wildlife and Fish Refuge (Refuge) will be igniting controlled fires on brush and timber slash piles at the 80-acre Wabasha Prairie, near Wabasha, MN. Since 2007, nearly 800 cords of red pine and oak have been removed from the site to promote the restoration of prairie and slow the spread of oak wilt disease.
In addition to burning slash piles from a winter 2016 tree harvest, oak trees will be cut, and brush will be mowed across the prairie. These activities will require the use of several large pieces of equipment over many days. Safety is of utmost importance during these operations, therefore, the site will be closed to public entry, burning will only occur when there is continuous snow surrounding the slash piles, and finally, trained and certified fire personnel will be on-site to oversee the operation.
It is anticipated that the slash pile burning will occur during the week of February 6, 2017, however, preparations for this activity may begin sooner and weather conditions may extend the project into future weeks.
Wabasha Prairie is located approximately seven miles southeast of Wabasha, Minnesota on 645th Street. The legal description is the SW ¼ of Section 19; Township 110 North, Range 9 West, Wabasha County, Minnesota.
If you have any questions about this project please call the Winona District Office at 507-454-7351.
Last Updated: Jan 31, 2017
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