Schoonover National Wildlife Area to be burned 4.21.10

Written by David Green.

Clouds of smoke near the intersection of Canandaigua Road and Medina Road might not bring a response from area fire departments. Field fires in the area during the next two weeks will likely be part of the periodic prescribed burn at the Schoonover Waterfowl Production Area east of Canandaigua.

More than 50 acres of grassland is scheduled to be burned between now and May 7, depending on weather conditions and personnel.

Schoonover is part of the Ottawa National Wildlife Area encompassing 9,000 acres located predominantly in northwest Ohio.

The controlled burn rejuvenates native prairies and marshes, while discouraging shrubs and trees from establishing. Fire also helps warm season grasses germinate, and helps manage a balance between the open water at Schoonover and the wetland plants.

The 95-acre property became part of the National Wildlife Refuge System in 1991 to preserve wetlands and grasslands for waterfowl and other wildlife. Prairie grasses were planted in the late 1990s. In addition to the open areas, the site includes eight acres of upland woods.

The preserve is open for hunting and trapping as well as wildlife observation and photography.

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