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Prairie fire program and night burn set for April

Mar 28, 2013

For those mesmerized by the campfire, for those fascinated by Iowa history, for those wishing to learn land management strategies, and for those just looking for something to do on a Friday night – the Washington County Conservation Board once again has scheduled the Marr Park prairie burn for public education and entertainment. Staff will burn the north prairie at Marr Park, next to the highway, on the evening of April 5.

The evening will begin in the Conservation Education Center at Marr Park at 7:15 p.m. A formal presentation will cover the role of prairie fires in the past, including naturally lit, use by Native Americans and the fears of the pioneers. Learn also about the role of prairie fires today and the benefits these fires have on the landscape. See tools and learn methods for doing controlled burns. As most of Iowa was historically covered in prairie, maintaining these habitats is part of our heritage.

At 8 p.m., participants will move to the north prairie, near the shop area. The fire will be lit shortly after arrival.

Note, this fire could burn very quickly. Those coming for just the fire should arrive by 8 p.m. The fire could be burned out within 15 minutes. In case of wet or windy weather, the burn will be canceled but the indoor program will continue as planned.

For more information, contact the Center at 319-657-2400 or send e-mail to <wccb@iowatelecom.net>.

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