Weather permitting, park staff will conduct controlled prairie burns on Wednesday, Nov. 21, 2018, at the following locations: prairie area near intersection of Rohret Rd. and Mormon Trek Blvd., Terry Trueblood Recreation Area, and Sand Prairie Park. 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.

Questions? Contact Parks and Recreation Director Juli Seydell Johnson at 319-356-5104 or  

Date of publication

Tuesday, November 20, 2018