Carefully monitored burn will improve butterfly habitat

Agency: Natural Resources

June 14, 2018

The Michigan Department of Natural Resources today will conduct an 87-acre prescribed burn in Montcalm County (Eureka Township) to set back woody vegetation and promote the growth of lupine in order to improve Karner blue butterfly habitat.

Prescribed burns are one way the DNR keeps lands and forests healthy. The burns are planned to achieve specific objectives – oftentimes simulating the benefits of natural fires. The burns are conducted by highly trained DNR personnel in designated state-managed areas during appropriate weather conditions and in cooperation with the proper authorities and local units of government. Public safety is a top priority during all prescribed burns.

In addition to enhancing wildlife habitat, prescribed burns are used to:

  • Help with forest regeneration.
  • Restore and maintain native plant life.
  • Control invasive plant species.
  • Reduce the risk of wildfires.

Although prescribed burns are planned, they can be canceled at the last minute due to careful monitoring of weather and wind conditions.

For more information about the DNR’s prescribed burns, visit

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