Controlled Burn Planned for the Lower Bee Branch
Stephen Fehsal, Park Division Manager
December 8, 2020 -- For Immediate Release
DUBUQUE, Iowa – A controlled burn is planned for the Lower Bee Branch Creek and 16th St. Detention Basin area to manage species invasion and stimulate native plants. Weather permitting, the burn will be conducted by Applied Ecological Services (AES) on Wednesday, Dec. 9.
A test fire will be lit to confirm smoke dispersion will not limit visibility on any roadways. If the wind shifts to an unfavorable direction or weather conditions change, the burn will be extinguished. If smoke action is unacceptable at the time of the test fire, the controlled burn will be cancelled. Throughout the test fire and the controlled burn, City of Dubuque Fire Department will be on hand or on call depending on the amount of man power necessary.
The Lower Bee Branch Creek features a combination of wetland vegetation, wildflowers, and prairie grasses. The extensive root systems of the grasses improve the ability of the soil to infiltrate water and decrease erosion by anchoring the soil. Prairie grasses also increase organic matter, store carbon, and require less long-term maintenance than traditional landscaping.
For questions, please contact the City of Dubuque Park Division at 563.589.4263.
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