Wintergarden/St. John’s Nature Preserve Controlled Burn

Periodic fires have been conducted in the nature preserve since 2000.  These controlled burns have greatly enhanced the natural habitat for wildlife and assist with plant management – efficiently removing non-native invasive species that invade our local habitat and shade out native plants.  Controlled burns are considered a natural resource manager’s most cost-effective tool for managing a natural habitat.

Given the correct weather conditions, the nature preserve will conduct a prescribed burn this spring to maintain the prairie grasses and flowers.  Questions about this may be directed to the Naturalist Office at 419-353-0301.