Barnhart Prairie Nature Preserve

Prairie Burn - 2006

Sunday, March 19, 2006

Weather was perfect today for the 2006 Barnhart Restoration Project Prairie Burn. With the help of approximately 30 people, Brett and Don Barnhart burned the western most 20 acres of the prairie. Everything went as planned and the wind gave a gentle push, blowing out of the NE, blowing the flames in perfectly the right direction.

Every year, we burn approximately 1/3 of the prairie (we do a 3 year burn rotation). Burning the prairie encourages growth of native plant species and supresses various weeds. Burning a 1/3 at a time leaves plenty of cover and food for the various wildlife that live in the prairie.

A big thank you to all the people who came out and to Mary Kay Solecki for loaning us equipment and to Theo Gray for bringout out propane torches.

To see pictures from the burn, click on the link below...

Pictures of 2006 Prairie Burn

Additional Pictures can be found on Theo Gray's website

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