(Horicon) Parts of the Horicon Marsh will be burned over the coming months. Staff with the Horicon Wildlife Refuge and Leopold Wetland Management will be conducting a series of prescribed buns throughout the winter, spring and fall. These burns hold a variety of ecological benefits for the Horicon Wildlife Refuge including stimulating the growth of native prairie grasses as well as removing weeds and invasive trees and shrubs. Setting fires also help reduce the buildup of hazardous fuels that can feed dangerous wildfires. Many birds and other wildlife species, some endangered or threatened, benefit from these prescribed burns because they help ensure valuable nesting habitats and more reliable food sources. The burn teams are comprised of 15 individuals that are certified in wildfire suppression and are required to attend an annual refresher each year in addition to other training classes. Several of these individuals are called upon each year to assist with wildfire suppression and natural disaster relief throughout the United States. At over 22,000 acres, the Horicon National Wildlife encompasses the northern two-thirds of the Horicon Marsh. // For more information call 920-387-2658 ext. 125; visit the Refuge office at W4279 Headquarters Road, Mayville; or visit http://www.fws.gov/fire/.