Turner Forestry will be conducting a prescribed burn of the 52-acre prairie at McCloud Nature Park on Monday, March 29. The crew will arrive at the park at about 11 a.m., and the burn takes a few hours to complete.
Prescribed burns are part of normal prairie maintenance. They assist greatly in controlling non-native invasive plants and improving biodiversity of native plants.
We normally burn the prairie every 3 years or so, but with the prairie going 4 years between burns in 2020, Turner Forestry recommends that we burn again in 2021.
To learn more about our 2020 prairie burn, why we burn, and how quickly the prairie comes back, click here.
The park will remain OPEN during the prairie burn, although traffic along the entrance road may be restricted at times, depending on which part of the prairie is being burned at that time.
Guests are welcome to come to the park and watch the burn, but we ask that everyone keep a good distance between themselves and the fire and crew for everyone’s safety. Parking in the Nature Center parking lot will protect your vehicle.
(Photo by Deb Stukenborg)