LINCOLN, Neb. – The Nebraska Game and Parks Commission will conduct prescribed burns this spring when conditions are favorable. The primary goal of a burn is to reduce invasive species competing with native species. Burning also improves the diversity and quality of habitat available to a variety of wildlife.
Areas scheduled for burning, by region, are (wildlife management areas unless otherwise noted):
Northwest: Merritt Reservoir.
Northeast: Fort Atkinson State Historical Park, Willow Creek State Recreation Area (SRA), Summit Lake SRA, Don Dworak, Loup Lands, George Syas, Wilkinson, Wood Duck, Thompson Barnes, Red Fox, Oak Valley, Elk Point Bend, Black Island, Basswood Ridge, Calamus Reservoir, Myrtle Hall, Mirdan Canal, Pine Glen and Plum Creek Valley.
Southwest: Gadwall, Pintail, Ayr Lake, Sherman, Pressey, Marsh Wren, Leonard A. Koziol, Arcadia, Buffalo Bill SRA, Clear Creek, Cornhusker and Sacramento.
Southeast: Platte River State Park, Bur Oak, Bramble, Killdeer, Yankee Hill, Olive Creek, Little Salt Creek, Little Salt Creek West, Helmuth Marsh, Branched Oak, Osage, Aspinwall Bend, Osage Southwest, Brownville Bend, Burchard Lake, Langdon Bend, Margrave, Osage Southeast, Pawnee Prairie, Peru Bottoms, South Fork, Twin Oaks, Triple Creek, Pawnee SRA, Stagecoach SRA, Wagontrain SRA/WMA, Branched Oak SRA, Oak Glen, Conestoga SRA, Wildwood and Redtail.