The Department of Natural Resources will conduct a prescribed burn at the Nayanquing Point Wildlife Area in Fraser Township (Bay County) today. The burn, which will encompass 34 acres, will be used to clear the area of cattail to improve waterfowl habitat.
Prescribed burns are planned to achieve specific objectives – oftentimes simulating the benefits of natural fires. The burns are conducted by highly trained DNR personnel in designated state-managed areas during appropriate weather conditions and in cooperation with the proper authorities and local units of government. Public safety is a top priority during all prescribed burns.
In addition to enhancing wildlife habitat, prescribed burns are used to:
- Reduce the risk of wildfires.
- Help with forest regeneration.
- Restore and maintain native plant life.
- Control invasive plant species.
For more information about prescribed burning, visit www.michigan.gov/firemanagement.
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