The public is invited to watch a controlled prairie burn at 7 p.m. Friday at the Jacob Krumm Nature Preserve.
Fire is an important management tool for Iowa’s tall grass prairies, according to Katie Cantu of the Jasper County Conservation Board. Prairie used to cover about 85 percent of Iowa’s landscape and was periodically burned off due to lightning strikes or fires set on purpose by Native Americans.
The preserve is located by driving north off of exit 179 (Lynnville exit) from Interstate 80. The preserve entrance is reached by going another mile east on the gravel road, Jacob Avenue. Old clothing and shoes are appropriate; cameras may be desirable.
In case of rain or strong winds, the burn will be canceled. Call (641) 792‑9780 or check www.jaspercountyconservation.com for more information.