Wisconsin Department of Natural Resources staff plans to conduct prescribed burning on one property in Kewaunee County – The Brusky Wildlife Area – in the coming weeks if appropriate weather conditions exist.

Prescribed burning is part of ongoing efforts to preserve and restore the landscape found within DNR properties throughout Wisconsin. These burns reduce leaf litter, improve wildlife habitat, redistribute nutrients and help control invasive species.

Brusky Wildlife Area, a 75-acre property located southwest of Kewaunee, is a complex of upland grasslands and small wetlands.

The window for conducting prescribed burns is relatively small due to the special weather conditions required. The moisture level of groundcover, wind speed, wind direction and relative humidity must be just right for a safe, successful burn. Based on these factors, burns may or may not occur. Local police and fire officials are notified when and where burns will take place.

For more information regarding prescribed burning in Wisconsin, visit dnr.wi.gov and search keywords “prescribed burning.”

Written or verbal comments are encouraged. Comments or questions can be directed to Joshua Martinez, DNR Wildlife Biologist, 2984 Shawano Ave, Green Bay, WI 54313 or by phone at 920-662-5139. Comments should be received by April 20.

Brusky Wildlife Area is a 75-acre property located in Kewaunee County. This property is a complex of upland grasslands and small wetlands with open water, mimicking pothole habitat on a small scale. Brusky Wildlife Area was converted to its present habitat types by wetland creation and warm season grassland planting. Find it southwest of Kewaunee. There is one parking access located on the north side of the property on Townline Road, south of Highway 29.

Acquisition of this property was in 1999 with funds from the Stewardship program. Habitat restoration work was completed with using dikes and wildlife scrapes to create the matrix of wetlands on the property. This property is a good representation of wetland and grassland complexes. The grassland habitat provides good nesting cover for waterfowl. Periodically, local hunt clubs partner with the department to stock pheasants in the fall.