Burns planned for private land in Dunn, Pepin County

The DNR says the burns will also:

-Stimulate prairie grass growth and improve habitat for upland game and waterfowl

-Create pockets of open water for waterfowl amid cattails proliferating in low areas

-Improve habitat for upland nesting birds, such as pheasants, and spur native vegetative growth favored by songbirds

-Help preserve woodlands, grasslands and native plant species that were sustained by natural fires prior to intensive European settlement


EAU CLAIRE, Wis. (WEAU) -- The Department of Natural Resources is planning to conduct a series of burns in an effort to limit brush invasions.

The department made the announcement on Wednesday. It says the burns will happen during the spring on private land in Dunn and Pepin County. The size of the parcels varies. The burning typically happens on a two-to-five-year rotation. The DNR says the goal is to get rid of exotic and unwanted brush that can crowd out native vegetation.

A release from the department did not specify dates and places for the burns, but said they are weather-dependent. The burns that the department can't finish this spring could be done next fall or winter. It says a typical burning season starts in April and goes into May. Weather conditions can change the timing.

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