Ramsey County Parks and Recreation will be conducting prescribed burns at some of its prairies and woodlands continuing through May.
Locations scheduled for prescribed burns in 2013 are: Long Lake, Bald Eagle, and Vadnais-Snail Lakes Regional Parks; Tamarack Nature Center; and Tony Schmidt County Park. These burns range in size from under an acre to more than 50 acres.
Prescribed burns are controlled fires that are used to improve the growth of native vegetation, including shrubs, grasses and wildflowers. The fires also help control weeds and other undesirable plants. County staff and contractors who are experienced with fire control and management conduct the prescribed burns.
The exact time and date of each burn cannot be determined more than a day in advance due to weather conditions. The burn plan restrictions on wind direction and speed can sometimes lead to the inability to conduct some burns in a given year.
For more information on Ramsey County’s natural resource management practices, visit the natural resources section of our website or contact Michael Goodnature, Natural Resources Manager, at (651) 748-2500.