The Iowa Department of Natural Resources will be conducting prescribed burns this spring on wildlife areas in northwest Iowa.
Areas scheduled for burns include Pheasant Hills in Buena Vista County, Nester Stiles State Preserve in Cherokee County, the Sac City Wetland Complex, Kiowa Marsh Complex in Sac County, Lizard Lake and Stoddard in Pocahontas County, and South Twin Lake and Towhead in Calhoun County.
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. Areas are typically burned every one to five years.
The burns typically begin mid to late morning, and are completed by late afternoon or early evening between late March and early May. Burns will be conducted on a day that meets the objectives and weather conditions defined in the burn plan.