Raco Plains (USFS-Hiawatha NF); Landscape Management

Project Description

Take a few minutes to view the recorded introduction by Steve Sjogren found as the first project link (Introductory Presentation) on the right side. The 60,000 acre Raco Plains features a landscape management strategy designed to restore and maintain a substantial acreage of early successional and pine barren habitat, typically associated with wildfire. Succession within this dynamic system is managed at a large scale using prescribed burning, timber sales and mechanical tools to maintain not only open land and savanna, but also a variety of age-classes of pine. Simulating wildfire a...

Project Map

Publicly Accessible: Yes
County: Chippewa County, MI
Project Size:
  • 67237.67 acres

Project Sites

  • Jack Pine Regen Burn Oct 2010
  • Mechanical Fuels Treatment April 2011
  • Prusik Timber Sale & Prescribed Burn
  • Raco Plains
  • Red Pine Regen Burn Oct 2010 pt 1
  • Red Pine Regen Burn Oct 2010 pt 2
  • Red Pine Savanna Burn July 2010
  • Red Pine Savanna Burn May 2003

Goals and Targets

Primary Motivations:

  • Conservation Mission

Consistent With Plans:

  • Federal Land Management Plan
  • Forest Plan
    Hiawatha NF
  • Species Recovery Plan
    Kirtland's Warbler (Dendroica kirtlandii)

Targeted Habitats:

  • Forests and Woodlands
  • Shrublands and Grasslands

Targeted Species:

No targeted species were identified for this project.

Conservation Actions

Action Status Start Year End Year
Education In Progress 2011 2011
Demonstration Site
Conduct prescribed burns Completed 2010 2010


Is the success of this project's actions being monitored? Yes

Monitoring Activities

Quick Facts

Owning Organization

Lake States Fire Science

Managing Organization

Hiawatha National Forest
(Federal Government)

Contact Information

Stephen Sjogren (Wildlife Biologist)
Hiawatha National Flrest

General Information

Project #: 99897
Last Updated: May 21, 2012

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