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Prescribed burns of grasslands scheduled

LINCOLN, Neb. – The Nebraska Game and Parks Commission will conduct prescribed burns at several state-owned areas to improve grassland and promote wildlife habitat.

Prescribed burning stimulates the growth of desirable grasses and forbs and suppresses invasive tree and brush species. Removing residual grass and trees, especially cedars, also will reduce the fire hazard on these areas.

Burns are scheduled, as weather conditions permit, for the following areas, listed by county. All areas are wildlife management areas, unless otherwise noted:

Adams – Ayr Lake; Antelope – Grove Lake, Ashfall State Historical Park; Brown – Keller Park; Buffalo – Bassway Strip, Windmill State Recreation Area (SRA); Burt – Summitt Lake SRA; Butler – Redtail; Cass – Tobacco Island, Rakes Creek; Cedar – Wiseman; Chase – Enders WMA/SRA; Cherry – Merritt Reservoir, Schlagel Creek, Anderson Bridge; Clay – Whitefront, Bluewing; Custer – Arcadia Diversion, Pressey;

Dakota – Basswood Ridge; Dawes – Chadron State Park (SP); Dawson – Bittern’s Call, Dogwood, Cozad, Darr Strip; Dixon – Ponca SP, Danish Alps SRA; Douglas – Two Rivers SRA; Fillmore – Sandpiper; Frontier – Medicine Creek WMA/SRA; Furnas – Oxford; Gage – Arrowhead, Diamond Lake; Garfield – Calamus WMA/SRA;

Hall – Cornhusker; Hayes – Hayes Center; Hitchcock – Swanson WMA/SRA; Howard – Leonard Koziol, Loup Bottoms, Marsh Wren; Jefferson – Rose Creek, Rose Creek West, Alexandria, Alexandria SW, Flathead; Johnson – Twin Oaks, Osage, Hickory Ridge; Keith – Clear Creek; Knox – Niobrara SP, Lewis & Clark SRA;

Lancaster – Branched Oak, Stagecoach SRA, Bluestem SRA, Killdeer, Jack Sinn, Yankee Hill, Olive Creek, Wagon Train SRA, Wildwood, Conestoga SRA, Pawnee, Helmuth; Lincoln – Cedar Valley, North River; Loup – Myrtle Hall; Madison – Yellowbanks; Nemaha – Langdon Bend, Brownville Bend, Kansas Bend, Aspinwall Bend, Peru Bottoms;

Otoe – Hamburg Bend; Pawnee – Taylor’s Branch, Table Rock, Bowwood, Lores Branch, Prairie Knoll, Pawnee Prairie, Mayberry, Burchard Lake; Phelps – Sacramento, South Sacramento; Red Willow – Red Willow WMA/SRA; Richardson – Indian Cave S.P., South Fork;

Saline – Divoky; Seward – Twin Lakes, Oak Glen, Bur Oak; Sherman – Sherman Reservoir; Sioux – Petersen; Thayer – Little Blue, Little Blue East, Meridian, Prairie Marsh, Dry Sandy; Valley – Davis Creek.

About Jerry Kane

Jerry Kane is the news manager with the Nebraska Game and Parks Commission. He can be contacted at jerry.kane@nebraska.gov or 402-471-5008.

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