The Iowa City Parks and Recreation Department will conduct controlled prairie burns at select City parks over the month of April.
Due to the highly unpredictable nature of weather, wind, and ground conditions, there are no guaranteed dates for controlled burns for any of the parks. Burns typically occur between 10 a.m. and 5 p.m.
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 and Recreation Director, Juli Seydell Johnson, at 319-356-5104.