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Iowa DNR to begin annual spring burning

  • 3/15/2021 2:36:00 PM
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Lake View - The Iowa Department of Natural Resources (DNR) will be conducting prescribed burns this spring on wildlife management areas managed by the Iowa DNR’s Black Hawk Wildlife Unit and waterfowl production areas managed by the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service in Sac, Calhoun, Cherokee, Crawford and Pocahontas counties.

Areas scheduled for burns are Black Hawk Marsh Complex, Burrows Pond Complex, Tomahawk Marsh, Whitehorse and Kiowa Marsh Complex in Sac County; South Twin Lake in Calhoun County; Steele Prairie State Preserve in Cherokee County; Schrader in Crawford County; and Leo Shimon Marsh, Sunken Grove, Kalsow Prairie State Preserve, and Lizard Lake in Pocahontas County.

Prescribed burns are used to improve wildlife habitat, control invasive plant species, restore and maintain native plant communities and reduce wildfire potential and vary in size from a few acres to several hundred acres.  Areas are typically burned every one to five years.

Ground nesting birds such as pheasants, mallards, bobolinks, dickscissels and others benefit from habitat improved with periodic prescribed fire. Prescribed burns typically begin mid to late morning and are completed by late afternoon or early evening between late March and early May. Burns will be conducted on a day that meets the objectives and weather conditions defined in the burn plan.