Pierce, Polk & St. Croix counties to undergo DNR burns - WQOW TV: Eau Claire, WI NEWS18 News, Weather, and Sports

Pierce, Polk & St. Croix counties to undergo DNR burns


Baldwin (News Release) – Once again, the Department of Natural Resources will be conducting burns on public and some private lands in Pierce, Polk and St. Croix counties this spring, summer and fall in northwest Wisconsin. All planned burns are weather dependent.

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 habitat for upland nesting birds, such as pheasants, and spurs native vegetative growth favored by songbirds
  • Helps preserve woodlands, grasslands and native plant species that were sustained by natural fires prior to intensive European settlement

Typically, the spring burning season begins in April and extends into mid-May, but local weather conditions can lead to an earlier start or a later finish. Burns not completed this spring may be done next fall or winter.

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