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Forest Using Prescribed Burns to Control Unique Ecosystem

21 May News

Groups are using a prescribed burn to control a unique ecosystem in the Chequamegon Nicolet National Forest.

The region contains approximately 15,000 acres of pine barrens known as the Moquah Barrens. A pine barren system develops on sandy, nutrient poor soils that were left behind from the glaciers. With those conditions, plants and animals have adapted and can benefit from the conditions created through burns.

The Forest Service uses fire and other management techniques such as pine thinning and other harvests to maintain or restore the functioning pine barrens ecosystem.

The Forest Service is working with the DNR to burn just under 3,000 acres in the Northern Region of the Chequamegon Nicolet Forest this spring to improve the habitat. The plans include a variety of meteorological factors and area conditions when planning the burns on any given day.