The Iowa Department of Natural Resources (DNR) will be conducting prescribed burns this spring on wildlife management areas managed by the Iowa DNR’s Cedar Wapsi Wildlife Unit in Floyd, Chickasaw, Butler, Bremer and Buchanan counties.
Areas scheduled for prescribed burns are Restoration Marsh in Floyd County; Upper Wapsi and Wapsi Flats in Chickasaw County; Big Marsh, West Fork Access, Lower West Fork, and Blackmun Prairie in Butler County; Sweet Marsh, Aldo Leopold, Heffernan, and Walnut Bend in Bremer County; and Cedar Rock and Troy Mills in Buchanan County.
Iowa DNR wildlife biologist Jason Auel says prescribed burns are used to improve wildlife habitat, control invasive plant species, restore and maintain native plant communities and reduce wildfire potential and vary in size from a few acres to several hundred acres. Burn units are typically on a one-to-five -year rotation.
Prescribed burns will be conducted as weather conditions allow between mid-March and mid-May.
Contact Iowa DNR wildlife biologist Jason Auel at 319-213-2815 with any questions or concerns.