Cedar Rapids (KWWL) — The city of Cedar Rapids will be doing a couple controlled burns this week for prairie management.
The city will be burning off non-native grass along the riverfront, near the Tree of Five Seasons. They plan to make a bed for planting native prairie grasses.
There will also be a controlled burn around the McGrath Amphitheatre to the area around Sumner Park, for native prairie management.
The burns will happen between Monday, April 15 and Thursday, April 18, as weather allows. They are expected to start around 8 a.m. each day.
The Five Seasons Plaza, the area around the McGrath Amphitheatre and Sumner Park will be closed to the public during the controlled burns.
Happening now in Cedar Rapids a controlled prairie grass burn. City and fire crews are on scene maintaining the fire. pic.twitter.com/1aKb9fjIDG
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All areas that will be part of the controlled burns are established prairie areas.
City officials say controlled burns are one of the best methods to control invasive plants, saplings and woody vegetation. They also say it significantly benefits native prairie ecosystems.