SMSC plans springtime prescribed burns in Prior Lake, Savage


Prior Lake American:

The Shakopee Mdewakanton Sioux Community will hold prescribed burns on 77 acres in and around Prior Lake this spring, according to a news release.

The locations set for burns include patches of wetland and prairie near Hidden Oaks Middle School in Prior Lake, in Savage’s Hidden Valley Park and McColl Pond Environmental Learning Center, and along Eagle Creek Boulevard and Dakotah Parkway on Mdewakanton Sioux land, the community said.

Specific dates aren’t available because the burns depend on day-to-day weather.

A prescribed burn is an intentionally lit, controlled fire used by land managers to replicate natural fire events and maintain ecosystem health, according to the news release. The Mdewakanton Sioux holds burns in neighboring jurisdictions at their request and coordinates them with local, state and federal agencies.


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