Published: November 1, 2012 by the South Central Region
Contact(s): Robert Manwell DNR communications 608-275-3317
FITCHBURG - The Department of Natural Resources will be conducting burns on public lands this fall in southernWisconsin.
Controlled or prescribed burning is an ecological and economical method of limiting exotic and unwanted brush invasions that crowd out native vegetation and also:
• Stimulates prairie grass growth and improves habitat for upland game and waterfowl.
• Creates pockets of open water for waterfowl amidst cattails proliferating in low areas.
• Improves cover type for upland nesting birds, such as pheasants, and spurs native vegetative growth for songbirds.
• Helps preserve grasslands and native flora, plant species that were sustained by natural fires prior to intensive European settlement.
DNR biologists will conduct burns until the fall burning schedule is completed or weather no longer permits successful burning.
Burns not completed this fall may be done next spring. State Fisheries Areas (FA) and State Natural Areas (SNA) scheduled for prescribed burns in southern Wisconsin this fall are located in:
Columbia County - Rocky Run FA.
Dane County - Empire Prairie SNA (2 units), Olson Oak Woods SNA, Empire Prairie SNA, Mazomanie Oak Barrens SNA and Sugar River Wetlands
Green County - Muralt Prairie SNA, York Prairie Hoppe Unit SNA and Browntown SNA
Iowa County - Pecatonica River Woods SNA
Jefferson County - Blue Spring Oak Opening SNA
Lafayette County - Ipswich Prairie SNA
Rock County - Kessler SNA and Rock River SNA
Sauk County -Bakkens Island SNA and East Bluff SNA
Walworth County- Kettle Moraine Oak Opening SNA
Waukesha County - Cliff Messenger Prairies SNA and Genesee Oak Opening SNA