2023 Prescribed Burns

Project Details

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Project Information

A prescription burn at Prairie Ridge in 2017.

The City of Madison Parks and Engineering Divisions will conduct prescribed burns to promote the establishment of native vegetation. Prescribed burns are the intentional use of fire, under specific environmental conditions, to manage and suppress invasive vegetation. Many of Wisconsin’s native species have adapted to survive or to benefit from fire events, while at the same time, the presence of invasive or undesirable species is reduced. Prescribed burns are an important management tool for natural areas, especially for several of Wisconsin’s native plant communities. Prescribed burns occur after comprehensive planning and under specific weather conditions which are conducive to a safe and manageable operation. Burns will be conducted in the spring and fall of 2023, depending on conditions, analysis of existing vegetation, and management goals, and as permitted by the Fire Department.

If you received a postcard informing you of prescribed burns in your neighborhood, please consider registering your cellphone number to receive informational alerts from the Dane County Emergency Warning System. The “Reverse-911” automated phone calls that neighbors receive before a prescribed burn begins reaches all landlines, but only those cellphones that are registered. To register, click Dane County Notification System and create a profile to enter your address and phone number. Please note that Dane County uses phone, email, and text, but not the smartphone app.

Conservation Sites

Please contact Paul Quinlan at (608) 267-4918.

  • Cherokee Marsh Conservation Park - North Unit
  • Cherokee Marsh Conservation Park - South Unit
  • Edna Taylor Conservation Park
  • Elvehjem Sanctuary
  • Heritage Prairie Conservation Park
  • Knollwood Conservation Park
  • Meadow Ridge Conservation Park
  • Owen Conservation Park
  • Prairie Ridge Conservation Park
  • Stricker's Pond
  • Turville Conservation Park 

Native Planting Sites

Please contact Paul Quinlan at (608) 267-4918.

  • Apple Ridge Park
  • Bear Mound Park
  • Blackhawk Park
  • Door Creek Park
  • Elver Park
  • Flagstone Park
  • High Crossing Park
  • Hill Creek Park
  • Huegel Park
  • Kennedy Park
  • Kingston-Onyx Park
  • Merrill Springs Park
  • Nesbitt Open Space
  • Odana Hills Golf Course
  • Olbrich Botanical Gardens
  • Olin Park
  • Secret Places Park
  • Spring Harbor Park
  • Sycamore Park
  • Vilas Park
  • Woodland Hills Park

Park Sites

Please contact Sarah Grimalkin at (608) 263-6850.

  • Brittingham Park
  • Cypress Splash Park
  • Esther Beach Park
  • Goodman Park
  • James Madison Park
  • McPike Park
  • Olin Park
  • Penn Park
  • Reindahl Park
  • Thousand Oaks Park
  • Walnut Grove Park
  • Warner Park
  • Wingra Park
  • Yahara River Parkway 

Engineering Sites

Please contact Maddie Dumas at (608) 266-9525. 

  • Center for Industry Ponds (3964 Hanson Rd)
  • Lien Road Bioponds (1621 N Thompson Rd)
  • North Door Creek Greenway- Sprecher Rd section (254 Wyalusing Dr)
  • Royster Oaks Pond (801 Royster Oaks Dr)
  • Linda Vista Raingarden (W end of Linda Vista Rd)
  • Starkweather Creek Shoreline (between Commercial Ave and Milwaukee St)
  • Dixon St Greenway (2977 Milwaukee St)
  • Hancock St Raingardens (between S Hancock St and S Butler St)
  • Southwest Commuter Path- Glenway Volunteer Planting
  • Bram St Pollinator Planting (221 Bram St)
  • Regent St Median Raingardens (at Regent St/N Eau Claire Ave)
  • Waban Hill Roundabout
  • Madison Library Raingarden (1201 W Badger Rd)
  • Inner Dr Pollinator Planting (SW of Keelson Dr at Inner Dr)
  • Odana Hills Park Raingarden (5201 Milward Dr)
  • E Mendota Pheasant Branch Greenway- Mineral Point Sections (7932 Tree Ln)
  • Mansion Hill Avenue Ponds (1210 Waldorf Blvd)
  • South Point at Harvest Moon Ponds (454 Pine Lawn Pkwy)
  • Starkweather Creek Shoreline (Commercial Ave to Milwaukee Ave, 331 N Marquette St and 3052/3052 E Washington Ave)
  • Sundance at Pine Hollow POnds (8811 Ancient Oak Ln)
  • UBMC Regional Linden Park East Pond (617 Sundance Dr)
  • UBMC Regional Linden Park South Pond (802 Lone Oak Ln)
  • Valley View at Redan Infiltration Ponds (9202 Weatherstone Rd)
  • West Badger Mill Creek Greenway (3046 Interlaken Pass)
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