Controlled prairie burns planned in Washington County this spring

Community Editor

Washington County Parks is planning to conduct controlled prairie burns this spring at Big Marine Park Reserve, Lake Elmo Park Reserve, St. Croix Bluffs Regional Park, and along County Road 18 between 13th and 18th street.

In addition, Minnesota Department of Natural Resources staff will be conducting a controlled burn at the Bayport Wildlife Management Area.
The controlled burns help preserve prairies and woodlands by encouraging the growth of native plants and reducing unwanted woody vegetation. Ultimately, these burns enhance wildlife habitat, recycle plant nutrients, and improve nectar resources for pollinators.

The controlled burns are planned with the assistance of local fire departments and the Minnesota Department of Natural Resources. They will occur on a weekday between 9 a.m. and 6 p.m. only when weather conditions permit a safe and effective burn. Trained personnel with fire-fighting equipment are on-site until the fire is extinguished.
For additional information, call the Washington County Natural Resources Coordinator at 651-430-4323.