Prairie Rescue Event Set for Big Creek State Park
Volunteers of all ages will help with a prairie rescue event at Big Creek State Park starting at 9 a.m., on May 3.
Information on this and other rescue events is available at www.inhf.org/prairierescue2008.htm. The events are also listed on the Iowa DNR Keepers of the Land events calendar at www.iowadnr.com/volunteer/index.html.
This is an annual event coordinated by the Iowa Department of Natural Resources (DNR) with support from the Iowa Natural Heritage Foundation, county conservation boards and private conservation groups.
Questions may be directed to Whitney Davis of the Iowa DNR at 515-281-6271, or Whitney [dot] Davis [at] dnr [dot] iowa [dot] gov
Today, only about 1/1,000th of Iowa’s prairie remains. These small prairie remnants, even those in public ownership, are still at risk from encroaching species and the lack of historic fire and grazing patterns.
Prairie Rescue volunteers will clear invasive species such as brush and small trees from the sites. Experts will conduct controlled burns on some of the prairies. These efforts will allow adults and kids to experience the prairies Iowa’s earlier generations saw, while preserving that experience for future generations.