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2017 Spring Burn Season in review

The 2017 spring burn season started out pretty wet. We would get a few days of rain followed by a day or two of drier weather that we could burn, then the rain returned. The weather eventually began to cooperate, though we were seeing a quicker “green up” so we knew we had our work cut out for us. 53 burns on our list and the crew kicked it into high gear.

Our 2017 burn season looked differently than in the past. 3 members of the crew have received advanced training in Wildland Fire and are certified burn bosses. This allowed the Quercus crew to split into two different directions on most days and really contributed to us getting very close to completing all the burns on our list. Our crew members worked many long days, all while conducting burns in a safe, efficient, and professional manner.

Spring 2017 Summary:  49 burns, 86 burn units, 1623 acres, 18 burn days.

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Prescribed Burning and Deer Hunting

We have had many prospective and existing clients that are concerned about the affect of restoration practices on deer hunting, especially in regards to prescribed burning in their woodlands. A monster buck, along with 2 other bucks, were all harvested opening weekend 2016 in a freshly burned open oak woodland (pictured below)! This woodland was burned the week before opening weekend and it did not adversely affect the hunters on this property from shooting 3 nice bucks in the areas that were burned. In the pictures you can see the freshly burned forest floor that we refer to as “the black.” This woodland has had most of the invasive brush removed, so it is open in structure.

Occasional fire is what shaped the landscape of SW Wisconsin before European settlers began suppressing wildfires. Oak woodlands, savannas, and prairies are historically what covered our landscape and are all fire-dependent ecosystems. Prescribed burning is a way that we can return fire to the landscape and begin to improve the health of our lands.

When burning in woodlands, the fire behavior is much different than the fast moving 15+ foot flames that are common in prairies. In woodlands fire is much more subdued with an average of 2-4′ flames and a much slower rate of spread. This low intensity burn helps discourage herbaceous invasive species, thin out brush and young trees, and consume some of the dead and down woody debris which helps return nutrients to the soil. The brush and young trees that are “top-killed” will re-sprout the following year, producing young shoots that can provide a food source for deer and other wildlife. Prescribed burning is a great tool to help restore your woodland and improve habitat for deer and many other wildlife species.

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2016 Spring Burn Season

The spring 2016 burn season has arrived and the Quercus Crew has been updating burn plans, applying for burn permits, preparing equipment, and installing firebreaks. We conducted our first burn of the year north of Cross Plains nearby Indian Lake last Friday. We are hoping for great weather this spring to try to complete our growing list of prescribed burns. Keep an eye out for smoke on the horizon!

Check out this incredible video from one of our burns last year: https://vimeo.com/158821488

Closed off unit 1.  Photo by Michael Kienitz
Closed off unit 1.
Photo by Michael Kienitz
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Is your land due for a Prescribed Burn?

Is your land due for a prescribed burn? Quercus has begun the process of installing firebreaks and composing burn plans for the upcoming burn season this fall and also Spring 2016. If you have a prairie, woodland, wetland, or CRP field that you would like burned, NOW is the time to get on our Burn List. By confirming early we will be sure to get your firebreaks installed, burn plans written, and any necessary permits acquired. Give us a call or shoot us an email today! We look forward to hearing from you and helping you manage your land.

Phone: 608-767-3553   Email: office@quercus-ls.com

Closed off unit 1.  Photo by Michael Kienitz
Closed off unit 1.
Photo by Michael Kienitz
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Looking back on the burn season

This spring the Quercus Crew had another excellent burn season and we were able to check off all of our burns on our list! We burned 36 sites over 25 burn days and approximately 800 acres! It was a busy season and we were lucky enough to have a very talented photographer document two of our burns. One at the UW Lakeshore Preserve and one at a private property in the Ridgeway area. I hope you enjoy these photos as much as we do – Check them out at: http://www.bobbisolum.com/Quercus-Burns

If you would like the Quercus Crew to burn your property contact us in order to get on our list! Our schedule fills up quickly, and we try to prioritize burns based on the date we confirm them.

Office@quercus-ls.com      608-767-3553

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Holy Smokes and Drones

On Wednesday Quercus burned at Holy Wisdom Monastery in Middleton, WI and had another safe, successful day on the job. The Monastery has 7 units totaling 85 acres of quality prairie on their property. 

The Quercus Crew had the privilege of having Michael Kienitz (photo4u@michaelkienitz.com)  documenting their burn at Holy Wisdom with his incredible drones! It was amazing to see how well his drones handled the rising heat from our flames. The images are breath-taking and a perspective that we normally would never see! Check out the handful of photos from this day and his website for his other works (idroneon.com).

Wisconsin Channel 3000 stopped by and interviewed Jim about our burn. Check it out here!

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Documentary featuring Quercus at the 2015 Wisconsin Film Festival!

Last spring a UW Madison student, Elizabeth Wadium filmed a short documentary that features Quercus burning at Pheasant Branch and Lakeshore Nature Preserve called “Prairie Burns.” It is being screened at this year’s 2015 Wisconsin Film Festival!  Screening times are Thursday, April 9th at 8:45pm (Union South) and Friday, April 10th at 3:15 (Sundance Cinemas) before a showing of “Uncle John.” Come check out the Quercus Crew in action!

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The 2015 Spring Burn Season has ARRIVED!

Today marks the first day of the Spring Burn season for the Quercus Crew! We are all excited to get started on our list of burns that are located in Western Dane County, Iowa County, and Columbia County. The crew are busy preparing the equipment and filling tanks with water and drip torches with fuel. For those of you who haven’t scheduled your burn with us yet, not to worry, there is still time to add your name to our list! If you see smoke on the horizon, it could be the Quercus Crew hard at work. Enjoy the spring!

Wet lining. Spring 2014
Wet lining. Spring 2014
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2015 Woodland Owners Conference

This Saturday, February 28th Quercus will be attending the Madison Area Woodland Owners Conference which will be held at the American Family Insurance Training Center in Madison. Presentations will focus on oak woodland management, planning and caring for wetlands and ponds, Native American influence on woodlands, milestones in forestry conservation management, and managing large animal wildlife. Come check out Quercus’ booth and chat with our staff about your land management questions or needs! Hope to see you there!

Event Brochure: http://dane.uwex.edu/files/2014/12/Woodland-Owners-Trifold-151.pdf

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