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DNR To Conduct Prescribed Burns On Wildlife Management Areas

By Staff | Mar 6, 2018

WALLINGFORD – The Iowa Department of Natural Resources (IDNR) plans to conduct prescribed burns in 2018 in the local area. Prescribed burn units are typically burned every one to five years and vary in size. The burns are conducted to achieve a number of habitat related objectives such as reducing vegetative cover, exotic and woody species control, nutrient cycling, weed control, and native prairie restoration.

Locally, burns will occur throughout five of the counties managed by the IDNR Prairie Lakes Wildlife Unit. This will include burns in Buena Vista, Clay, Emmet, Palo Alto, and Kossuth Counties.

Wildlife Management Area (WMA) complexes scheduled to burn include: Bluebird, 4-Mile Lake, Ingham-High Lake, Eagle Lake, East Swan, Goose Lake, Anderson Prairie, West Fork, Birge Lake, Iowa Lake, Seneca Access, West Swan Lake, Iowa Lake Marsh, Burr Oak Lake, Ryan Lake, Dewey’s Pasture, Fallow Marsh, Fen Valley, DU Marsh, Ocheyedan, Little Sioux, Highbridge, Dan Green Slough, Perkins Marsh, and Barringer Slough.

If you have any questions or concerns about the prescribed burn in your area you can contact DNR Wildlife Technician Rob at 712-867-4130.