With funding from Environment and Climate Change Canada’s Habitat Stewardship Program, Meewasin conducted a series of prescribed burns in April and May of 2017, to enhance grassland bird habitat. Burns were conducted at Cranberry Flats Conservation Area (2 burn units, approximately 3 ha), Meewasin Northeast Swale (2 burn units, approximately 14 ha), and Wanuskewin Heritage Park (1 burn unit, approximately 2 ha). Volunteers from Environment and Climate Change Canada, Nature Conservancy of Canada, Wanuskewin Heritage Park and Crosby Hanna assisted with the burns.

The 1 burn unit at the Meewasin Northeast Swale was to prepare the storm-pond for restoration; invasive grass and forbs were burned to remove old growth, reduce the seed bank, and damage emerging plants to improve the successful invasive species control over the next 4 years.

Prescribed Burning - Just What the (Range) Doctor Ordered