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City Schedules Grass Burning at Parks

1/17/2014
Contact: Warren McCoskey, General Maintenance Supervisor |
Burns help preserve native grass and serve plants, animals
 

In a conservation effort, the City of Wichita Park and Recreation Department is scheduling prescribed grass burning in the following parks during the remainder of January through March:

  • Chisholm Creek 
  • Dr. Glen Dey
  • Meadows
  • Pawnee Prairie
  • Swanson

Fire is a natural force in Prairie ecosystem. This process controls invasive species, removes dead material from the grassland and returns the nutrients to the soil. Prescribed burns also reduce the amount of fuel in a prairie and the risk of wildfires.

Weather conditions will determine the exact date. The burns will be implemented under controlled guidelines from the City of Wichita Fire Department and Kansas Department of Health and Environment.  Fire is a natural and important ecological force in maintaining a healthy native grass meadow.  The plants and animals which live in the grasslands are adapted to and depend upon periodic fires for their continued survival. 
 
“Removing accumulated fuels from the park will lessen the possibility of wildfires damaging property,” said Doug Kupper, the Park and Recreation Director. “Every precaution will be taken to keep smoke and ash from leaving the park.
 
If you have any questions about the prescribed burns, please call the Great Plains Nature Center, 683-5499 or Park Operations at 350-3171.
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