From the Nebraska Game and Parks Commission
-- Prescribed burns are planned for several wildlife management areas (WMA) this fall, according to the Nebraska Game and Parks Commission. Burning improves the quality of grassland habitat and the production of certain wildlife species.
Burns will occur when conditions are favorable at the following WMAs: Powder Creek, Dixon County; Wood Duck, Stanton County; Thompson-Barnes, Wayne County; Branched Oak, Lancaster County; Don Dworak, Nance County; Cedar Valley, Lincoln County; and Clear Creek, Keith County.
Burning stimulates the growth of certain grass species over others. It promotes the growth of forbs, which produce more insects – an important food source for upland game bird chicks.