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County parks releases prescribed burn schedule
County parks releases prescribed burn schedule

Dane County Parks has released a schedule for its upcoming prescribed burns at locations around the county.

The burns are scheduled annually to maintain an ecological balance in the park’s prairies. Officials and volunteers burn 10 to 20 acres at a time.

Fires are part of a natural ecological cycle, according to Dane County Parks Naturalist Wayne Pauly. The practice of keeping prairies short is conducive to a larger variety of flowers, which attracts insects -- which in turn attract birds.

“Otherwise it grows up to half a dozen or 10 species of brush,” said Pauly, regarding conditions of overgrowth.

Burns will begin in the last week of March and will continue through the month of April.

Officials advised residents planning to attend to bring drinking water and fire-safe clothing. Signups should be made by calling Rhea Stangel-Maier at 608-224-3601 or Wayne Pauly at 608-575-0396.

Burns are conducted by staff and trained volunteers. Inexperienced members of the public are also encouraged to participate.

Burn dates are listed below according to area:


Badger Prairie County Park – March 26

Donald County Park – April 9

Ice Age Junction Area – April 16, April 23


Indian Lake Park – April 2

E-Way, Moorland Rd. – April 18

Lake Farm County Park – April 25


DeForest, Token Creek – April 4

Westport, Yahara Heights County Park – April 6

Cambridge, CamRock County Park – April 11

Cottage Grove, McCarthy County Park – April 19

Black Earth, Festge County Park – April 12

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