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Event: We Are Sauk Prairie series: Understanding Fire History on the Sauk Prairie

We Are Sauk Prairie series: Understanding Fire History on the Sauk Prairie
Jan
19

Jed Meunier, ecologist, Wisconsin Department of Natural Resources, Science Services, will provide the fifth in our program series, “We Are Sauk Prairie.”  His presentation is entitled: Trees are the Answer: Understanding Fire History on the Sauk Prairie and on Wisconsin Prairies and Savannas.

Our limited understanding of the history of fire and its impact on our landscapes comes from the few records we have from European settlement accounts and primarily from General Land Office survey records. By studying tree ring records and fire scars on extant trees and stumps, we can begin to piece together the fire history of a landscape.  This talk will explain the process for unraveling the fire history of an area and shed some light on the importance and frequency of fire in Sauk County and elsewhere in Wisconsin.  The knowledge we gain from past fires will inform how we manage landscapes dependent upon fire as a disturbance factor into the future.

Join us for this public presentation on Thursday, January 19th, at the Ruth Culver Library at 540 Water Street, Prairie du Sac.  Refreshments will be available at 6:30pm; the program begins at 6:45pm.

The “We Are Sauk Prairie” series is supported by a grant from Alliant Energy Foundation.

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