Campus prairie to conduct prescribed burn
A wildfire management course from The Ohio State University’s Columbus campus will conduct a controlled prairie burn at the Larry R. Yoder Prairie Learning Lab on the Marion campus, Saturday October 17th, weather permitting.
According to Ohio State Marion staff member Jessica Pistner, who coordinates activities on the prairie, the group will meet at 8:30 a.m. to do the field exercises of line construction and setting up portable pump and hose-lays. These activities take up most of the morning. Weather permitting the burn will take place between 12 and 1:30 p.m.
Area residents and campus visitors on that day should not be alarmed by possible smoke drifting their way or by visible flames in the prairie area. Organizers invite people from the community to observe, but cautions them to maintain a safe distance, and to obey any instructions and stay out of the way of the personnel conducting the burn.
Until recent times, fire was a natural part of prairie life. The 11 acre Sandusky Plains tall grass prairie ecosystem on the Marion campus depends on periodic fire events to rejuvenate growth and ensure long-term survival. Those who manage the prairie for the campus also depend on fire as one of the best management tools for continued invasive plant control.