Weather permitting, controlled prairie burns will be conducted on Thursday, April 1, 2021, at Hickory Hill Park, IC Kickers Park, and at Terry Trueblood Recreation Area. Park users should expect partial closures.
A comprehensive burn plan was prepared and approved by the Iowa City Fire Department, and considerations will be made for wind direction and required weather conditions. Privately-owned land areas and structures will be protected, and fire breaks will be established along all sides of the burn area.
Seasonal burning of native vegetation in Iowa promotes species diversity, habitat, and suppression of invasive species. Controlled burning is an established and powerful conservation management tool that, when utilized by professionals under strictly defined parameters, can be safely used for great benefit to natural areas.
For more information contact Parks & Forestry Superintendent Tyler Baird, at 319-356-5093.