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Prescribed burns planned for this spring

Prior Lake, Minn. – The Shakopee Mdewakanton Sioux Community (SMSC) is planning prescribed burns this spring in several locations on SMSC lands listed below. The SMSC conducts prescribed burns on SMSC lands and, upon request and through mutual aid agreements, in neighboring jurisdictions each spring and fall as an effective land stewardship tool.

SMSC locations this spring*:

Prairies located northeast of the junction of County Road 79 and County Road 72

Prairie located to the northwest of the junction of Tintaocanku and McKenna Road

Prairie located to the east of Hoċokata Ṫi

Oak savanna located northeast of the junction of County Road 83 and County Road 82

Prairie located northeast of the junction of County Road 83 and County Road 42

Prairie located northeast of the junction of Dakotah Parkway and Wacipi Drive

Oak savanna located south of Dean's Lake and north of Eagle Creek Boulevard

* Subject to change depending on weather and site conditions

A prescribed burn is an intentionally lit, controlled fire used by land managers to replicate natural fire events. Before Europeans colonized this area, fires were sometimes started by lightning but many more times by Dakota and other Indigenous people. They burned areas for many reasons, but they were mostly used to clear land for agriculture; to improve grazing and forage for game species like bison; to reduce brush in woodlands, which helped with easier travel; and to boost plant and seed production.

https://shakopeedakota.org/prescribed-burns-planned-spring-3/

 

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