Prescribed fire at Lake Seldom Thursday

Prescribed fire at Lake Seldom Thursday
Nolan Little of Tri-Basin NRD igniting the controlled fire.
April 10th, 2024 | Tri-Basin NRD Release

HOLDREGE, Neb. – Tri-Basin Natural Resources District along with Pheasants Forever, Central Nebraska Public Power and Irrigation District, City of Holdrege and other volunteers conducted a prescribed burn on Wednesday, April 10th. The affected area is approximately 125 acres of native grasslands at Lake Seldom.

The prescribed burn is intended to aid in the control of invasive reed canary grass, clear away dead plant material, and restore the natural ecosystem of native upland and wetland plant species.

District staff have been planning and preparing equipment for the burn. Experience from past years shows that prescribed burning can kill up to 90 percent of invasive species, allowing the native plants to reestablish. Low-intensity fire is a natural disturbance process that rejuvenates grasslands and promotes forbs that support pollinators.

Prescribed fires are administered with constant attention, after securing permits from local fire departments, and public safety is a priority.

If you have questions, please call Tri-Basin NRD (308) 995-6688.

Smoke plume with Tri-Basin NRD employees, Jeff VanEperen, Nolan Little, Pat Nott, and Lori Hagan.
Zach Temple works to establish a perimeter for the burn.

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