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District 11

Alder Arvina Martin

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Council Vice President

Alder Arvina Martin,
Council Vice President

Contact Information

Home Address:

4901 Waukesha Street
Madison , WI 53705

Council Office

Common Council Office:
210 Martin Luther King, Jr. Blvd
Room 417
Madison, WI 53703
Phone: (608) 266-4071
Fax: (608) 267-8669
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Alder Martin’s Blog

Future Prescribed Burns

February 26, 2020 2:01 PM

This year, the City of Madison Parks Division and Engineering Division and volunteer groups will be conducting prescribed burns on areas of existing native vegetation. Prescribed burns are an important management tool for Wisconsin's native plant communities. Prescribed burns are the intentional use of fire, under specific environmental conditions, to manage and suppress invasive vegetation, and promote native vegetation.

Prescribed burns that will occur in our area include:

· Southwest Commuter Path (Volunteer-led burns)

· Regent St rain gardens

The prescribed burn Project Manager will mail postcards to residents in the coming days to remind them to anticipate a prescribed burn in their neighborhood. As in the past, the Dane County Emergency Management automated phone call system will be used to notify relevant neighbors on mornings when we will be burning.

These burns will be conducted by certified professionals or experienced volunteers with a permit from the Madison Fire Department. Volunteers have been burning these same prairie parcels along the Southwest Commuter Trail for over a decade. The burns will only take place under specific weather conditions in order to manage smoke and minimize impacts to neighbors. In addition, burn professionals and volunteers will install appropriate road signage on the day of the burn.

Engineering will provide volunteers with appropriate personal protective equipment and information signage. A list of project contacts and more information is on our website at:

If you have further questions, you can either contact me, or Maddie Dumas, Greenway Vegetation Coordinator City of Madison- Engineering Division?, 608-266-9525

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