Enders included in prescribed burns at state parks, management areas

    Prescribed burns are planned on some Nebraska Game and Parks Commission’s wildlife management areas (WMA) and state parks, where weather conditions allow.
    In Chase County, the Enders WMA is on the list for a burn in October.
    Burns during the summer growing season can help set back undesirable plants that invade native prairies and other grasslands. Eastern redcedar trees and undesirable deciduous shrubs can be more susceptible to summer burns because of higher temperatures.
    These trees often expend much energy in flowering and fruiting and have higher rates of mortality because of this. Green vegetation in summer slows the rate of burn and allows burns to be more predictable.
    Summer burns, if used in conjunction with grazing, can set back smooth brome, increase diversity in grasslands and improve habitat for wildlife.
    Other burns during October are scheduled at Swanson WMA, Hitchcock County; Hayes Center WMA, Hayes County; Red Willow WMA, Frontier and Red Willow counties; Medicine Creek WMA, and Red Willow County.

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