Thompson Park will have prescribed burn this spring

Dakota County Parks, in cooperation with Prairie Restorations and the Minnesota Department of Natural Resources, will conduct prescribed burns throughout its parks between the end of March and May 31, as conditions allow.

A burn is planned this spring in Thompson County Park in West St. Paul, although the exact time and date of the burn will not be determined more than a day in advance because of weather conditions.

Prescribed burns are controlled fires used to improve the growth of native vegetation, including trees, shrubs, grasses and wildflowers.

Prescribed burning can recycle nutrients tied up in old plant growth, control many woody plants and herbaceous weeds, improve poor quality forage, increase plant growth, reduce the risk of large wildfires, and improve certain wildlife habitat.

For more information about the Thompson Park prescribed burn, contact Dakota County Parks at 952-891-7000.
 

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