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University of Iowa News Release

April 1, 2003

UI Conducts Native Prairie Burns This Morning

The University of Iowa's grounds staff this morning conducted prairie burns on two remnants of native prairie, one located near Hawkins Drive and the other adjacent to the bike trail between Hawkins Drive and Mormon Trek Blvd. The burns will help eliminate some woody vegetation that is encroaching on the sites and rid the areas of the buildup of foliage that accumulates over time, according to Shawn Fitzpatrick, grounds supervisor for UI campus shops.

Burning is a preferred management practice over mowing, Fitzpatrick says. "More of the unwanted vegetation is removed and the prairie responds with renewed vigor after a burn," he says. The university has obtained a permit from the Iowa City Fire Department and has consulted with UI faculty in biological sciences and with representatives of the Sierra Club. An experienced private consultant was hired to oversee the burn.

STORY SOURCE: University of Iowa News Services, 300 Plaza Centre One,
Suite 371, Iowa City, Iowa 52242-2500.

CONTACT(S): Media: Charles S. Drum, 319-384-0048, Program: Shawn Fitzpatrick, 319-335-5107,