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: Saturday, March 12Time: 11:00 until about 5:00 pm.
Location: Alexander Oak Savanna
From the Junction of State Hwy 65 & State Hwy 29:
You MUST RSVP
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 respond to this email with:
You must also RSVP for each burn. Our burn plans specify the minimum crew needed to conduct a safe burn. If we don't have enough people, the burn will be canceled.
Get your gear ready! Be sure to wear proper clothing
Sturdy leather footwear is required. This means no tennis shoes; they will melt. The best footwear is leather boots.
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.
If you are available only later in the day, you can come just for the mop-up. Having fresh crew members is a real bonus.
Additional Items to Bring: Drinking water
What to Expect the Day of the Burn
Group meeting -- the burn boss will introduce themselves and
Check clothing of participants
Walk of the burn unit perimeter -- the burn boss will lead the walk to
Familiarize all participants with the unit
Regroup the crew to
Assign duties (crew leaders, crew members, igniters)
Thank you for volunteering. We are grateful for your participation -- it enables us to manage this precious ecosystem.
Details on Facebook, website, and sent by email.
Hope to see you there!