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Notice - Prescribed Burn: Seven Oaks Learning and Service Centre

Posted: April 3, 2019

to Residents of West St. Paul
Prescribed Burn: Seven Oaks Learning and Service Centre

With support from Manitoba Infrastructure and the RM of West St. Paul, Seven Oaks School Division has contracted a conservation team to conduct a prescribed burn of the ditch along 1985 Grassmere Road between:

 April 8th to May 31st, 2019
Weather and Wind Conditions Permitting. Wind must come from south/south east.
The time required to conduct this work is estimated to be approximately 8 hours, and will take place on a week day between the hours of 7am and 7pm. 

The ditch along the 1985 Grassmere Road property contains 40 species of Indigenous grasses and forbs. This area is called a "remnant prairie”, a remaining parcel of the original tall grass prairie landscape. Today, less than 1% of the tall grass prairie ecosystem remains in Manitoba. Indigenous plant species have evolved with fire over the past 10,000 years. Today, prescribed burns are performed routinely in grasslands as a natural conservation and land stewardship tool that conserves and revitalizes our natural and cultural landscape by:

  • removing excess thatch (dead and accumulating organic matter)
  • returning nutrients to the soil
  • reducing the presence of non-native species and invasive shrubs
  • promoting new growth and re-establishing a balance between warm and cool season species
  • increasing flowering, a benefit for pollinators
  • improving seed production
  • retaining the biological diversity of our tall grass prairie ecosystem

The prescribed burn forms a part of the land stewardship plan at 1985 Grassmere Road. Tending the ditch around the property (~5 acres) ensures the retention of Indigenous species of grasses and wildflowers and mitigates weed concerns. This action supports the stewardship of our property where 30 acres will be restored to tall grass prairie, re-creating the natural and cultural landscape of this area. 

Prescribed Burn Site Map: Remnant Prairie Area
1985 Grassmere Road, West St. Paul
Seven Oaks Learning and Service Centre

For more information, please contact Alexis at alexis.nazeravich@7oaks.org