TOPEKA, Kan. (WIBW) -- A controlled agricultural burn is scheduled for the 30-acre site at the Kanza Education and Science Park at 9 a.m. Monday, March 10. The site lies along the south side of I-70, between Gage Boulevard and MacVicar Avenue exits.
East and westbound I-70 traffic between these exits may be impacted by smoke blowing across the highway through the burn area.
The burn is weather permitting, so if the forecast changes, the burn date/time may be rescheduled.
The burn is needed to establish native ground for educational purposes to complement the Kanza Educational Science Park. Tallgrass Prairie is the most endangered ecosystem in North America and Kansas is home to the largest remaining tracts.
Grassland birds that rely on tallgrass prairie continue to decline range-wide. This 30-acre tract likely was once tallgrass prairie and is now primarily introduced cool season grasses that provide limited habitat for native Kansas wildlife. Topeka USD 501 and surrounding schools will have a unique opportunity to contribute to the restoration of this grassland and get hands-on experience and education on grassland ecology.
The Westar Green Team and the Topeka Fire Department are conducting the burn. Other participating agencies include Topeka USD 501, Kansas Department of Transportation, and Kansas Highway Patrol.