Prescribed burn proposed for sections of the Hank Aaron State Trail

MILWAUKEE, Wis. – (RealEstateRama) — The Wisconsin Department of Natural Resources is planning to conduct prescribed burning on a small section of the Hank Aaron State Trail in Milwaukee County this spring.

Prescribed burning is part of an ongoing effort to preserve and restore the landscape found within DNR properties throughout Wisconsin. These burns reduce leaf litter, improve wildlife habitat, redistribute nutrients and help control invasive species.

The window for conducting prescribed burns is relatively small, due to special weather conditions required. The moisture level of groundcover, wind speed and direction, and relative humidity must be just right for a safe and successful burn. Please note that planned burns may or may not occur, based on these factors.

Prior to any prescribed burns, trained personnel assess the area to determine wind direction and speed, relative humidity, grass moisture and safety requirements. Qualified personnel control fire behavior through the use of comprehensive planning and specialized fire equipment. Local police and fire officials are notified when and where the burn will take place.

For information regarding prescribed burning or specifics about an individual burn site, contact:

  • Angie Rusch; Wildlife Technician, DNR Pike Lake Unit;(414) 303-0111
  • Melissa Cook, Hank Aaron State Trail Manager,(414)263-8559

To learn more about prescribed burning in Wisconsin, visit dnr.wi.gov and search keywords “prescribed burning.”

Contact(s): Melissa Cook, Hank Aaron State Trail manager, 414-263-8559

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