Prescribed Burning

Prairie Burn

Johnson County, Iowa

Challenge

The Home Owners Association of Wescott Heights had several native prairie areas in their common land holdings, surrounded by housing, that were becoming degraded from invasive and weedy plants. Furthermore, two prairies areas were located over septic drainage fields that need to be protected from the damaging effects of tree roots. They were in great need of natural areas management.

Solution

Weed competition in any landscape can be an issue requiring periodic control and regular maintenance. Impact7G identified controlled fire and other weed management techniques to be appropriate management tools at this location. The close proximity of residential buildings required good burn planning, communications, and adept fire management techniques, which Impact7G has applied on an annual basis.

Project Outcomes

Regular application of controlled fire has resulted in:

  • Increased native species resilience and dominance
  • The septic systems are protected from damaging tree saplings
  • Reduction in invasive species
  • Habitat improvements due to increased species diversity

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