EarthView Environmental Inc., in coordination with the Friends of Hickory Hill Park and the City of Iowa City, will conduct a controlled burn of seven acres of native prairie in the northeast corner of Hickory Hill Park on Tuesday, April 12, weather permitting.

The Friends of Hickory Hill Park and the City of Iowa City contracted with EarthView Environmental Inc., a Coralville-based wetland services and natural resources consulting company, to conduct the burn. A comprehensive burn plan was prepared by the contractor, and approved by Iowa City Fire Chief John Grier. 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 woody and weedy prairie 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 Zac Hall at zac-hall@iowa-city.org or 319-356-5100.

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Monday, April 11, 2016

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