Brush control with fire and grazing at Hogback Prairie State Natural Area

Project Description

WDNR is using fire and goat grazing to control brush on this remnant dry prairie. Fire is used cautiously, with unit rotations and unburned refugia planned for rare invertebrates including regal frittilary butterflies. Prescribed goat grazing has been used in 2012 and 2013 to control invasive brush where previous attempts with fire, chemical, and mechanical control were not effective.

Project Map

Publicly Accessible: Yes
County: Crawford County, WI
Project Size:
  • 1093.0 acres

Project Sites

  • Hogback Prairie State Natural Area

Goals and Targets

Primary Motivations:

  • Conservation Mission
    State natural areas (SNAs) protect outstanding examples of Wisconsin's native landscape of natural communities, significant geological formations and archeological sites. Encompassing over 362,000 acres, Wisconsin's 655 natural areas are valuable for research and educational use, the preservation of genetic and biological diversity and for providing benchmarks for determining the impact of use on managed lands. They also provide some of the last refuges for rare plants and animals.

Targeted Habitats:

No targeted habitats were identified for this project.

Targeted Species:

No targeted species were identified for this project.

Conservation Actions

Action Status Start Year End Year
Conduct prescribed burns Ongoing Management -- --
Control invasive plants Ongoing Management -- --
Other - Terrestrial habitat restoration and management: Prescribed Goat Grazing Ongoing Management 2012 --


Is the success of this project's actions being monitored? No/Unknown

Quick Facts

Owning Organization


Managing Organization

Wisconsin Department of Natural Resources
(State Government)

Contact Information

Tallgrass Prairie & Oak Savanna Fire Science Consortium

General Information

Project #: 197969
Last Updated: May 29, 2013

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