St. Croix Valley Chapter
St. Croix, Pierce, Polk counties in Wisconsin and Washington county in Minnesota
We would love to see your pictures of our sites. This is also good place to ask questions about prairies, TPE, and plants.
The Prairie Enthusiasts differ from other conservation groups in its sole dedication to the preservation of the last remaining pieces of the once vast, now endangered, prairies and savannas of the Upper Midwest through land protection and management. We emphasize boots-on-the-ground, hands-on, activities such as seed collecting, buckthorn management, invasive tree removal, and prescribed burnings.
Date: Sunday, November 8Time: 10:30 am until released by burn boss (about 4:00 pm)
Location: Alexander oak savanna
Directions: Site is located just south of River Falls.
From the Junction of State Hwy 65 & State Hwy 29, go south on Hwy 65 past the River Falls Township Hall (on corner).
TPE policy requires that we know -- in advance -- who will burn with us and your level of experience. Therefore, if you would like to be on the TPE burn crew this spring, please contact Evanne Hunt (firstname.lastname@example.org) with:
Reminders for the experienced and the novice
When you get an email about a scheduled burn, please respond if you can participate. Our burn plans required a minimum number of crew to conduct a safe burn. If we do not have enough volunteers, the burn will be canceled.
All active participants must be in good health and have good mobility. If you have any restrictions or concerns, please let the burn boss know during orientation.
You must stay until the burn boss releases you. A prescribed burn lasts 4 hours or more -- you must stay through the mop-up.
While the mop-up is boring, it is one of the most crucial phases of prescribed burning. The main objective is to prevent the fire from igniting outside the firebreak. A fire can restart anywhere from a few hours after the burn to a day or two later. An escaped fire damages the reputation of TPE and the prescribed burn program.
Additional Items to Bring
What to Expect the Day of the Burn
Group meeting -- the burn boss will introduce themselves and
Walk of the burn unit perimeter -- the burn boss will lead the walk to
Regroup the crew to