SMSC planning prescribed burns this spring
The Shakopee Mdewakanton Sioux Community (SMSC) is planning prescribed burns this spring on 77 acres of land in several locations in the southwest metro. 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 management tool. Since 2004, the SMSC has conducted prescribed burns on approximately 2,000 acres of land in the region.
SMSC locations include:
- Shutrop prairie located north of the intersection of McKenna Road and Eagle Creek Boulevard
- Dakota Slough wetland located northeast of the intersection of County Highway 14 and County Highway 79
- Peterson prairie located northeast of the intersection of County Highway 83 and County Highway 42
- Oak savanna and prairies, east of the Mystic Lake Road and County Highway 82 intersection
- Medians north of East Village on Tintaocanku Boulevard
- King prairie located west of the intersection of County Highway 42 and Dakotah Parkway
- Theis wetland located south of the intersection of County Highway 42 and Dakotah Parkway
A prescribed burn is an intentionally lit, controlled fire used by land managers to replicate natural fire events. All prescribed burns are designed to meet ecological objectives and are entirely dependent upon weather conditions such as relative humidity, temperature, and wind speed and direction. The SMSC wildland fire program staff coordinate with neighboring entities, the Bureau of Indian Affairs and other state and federal agencies to lead and assist with prescribed burns within the region.